Simon & Schuster has started a new program to help independent booksellers who have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Beginning today, the programs will include dating on open invoices (customers should contact their CFS credit representative to discuss options), extra discount and dating for a reopening order between now and the end of August, and enhanced terms for orders during the fall bookselling season. Booksellers should contact their sales representatives for more information, S&S said.

The new promotional terms are designed to help independent booksellers recover from financial hardships caused by Covid-19, S&S said, as well as to provide flexibility and incentives for independent bookseller reopenings around the country as states and localities loosen restrictions on gatherings and commerce.

“The independent bookseller community, so vital and important to both our industry and our culture, has been particularly hard hit by the Coronavirus crisis,” Gary Urda, senior v-p of sales at Simon & Schuster, said in a statement. “Over the last few months as the crisis deepened we have worked closely with our independent bookstore accounts and the ABA to find ways to help them make it through, and we are pleased to offer this plan that facilitates recovery from the loss of business and working with them to regain their footing, while also anticipating their needs heading into the critical fall bookselling season.”