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Kepler's in the News

In early 2012 Kepler's launched the Kepler's 2020 program to transform itself into the next generation bookstore designed to sustainably serve our community. Since then Kepler's has been a trailblazer in the book industry winning awards, hitting new milestones, and growing from strength to strength. Below you will find a chronicle of our journey.


December 2019: San Mateo Daily Journal visits Kepler's to witness the energy of the holiday shopping season. Read full article here.

December 2019: Kepler's Literary Foundation launches three-year sustaining fund campaign.

November 2019: Kepler's develops innovative partnership to produce literary programs for SAP's engineers. Read our press release and coverage in Shelf Awareness.

September 2019: Kepler's Literary Foundation invites students to global climate change conversation featuring author Naomi Klein. Read full article here.

February 2019: SAP senior executive and bibliophile writes moving case study about Kepler's reinvention.

May 2018: Lonely Planet recognizes Kepler's as a US bookstore worth traveling for. Read full article here.

January 2018: IRS approves tax-exempt status for Kepler's Literary Foundation making Kepler's the first bookstore in the US to set up a non-profit organization to further its mission and improve its sustainability.

July 2017: Publishers Weekly highlights Kepler's efforts to stay ahead of the changing retail landscape. Read full article here.

June 2017: Kepler's rebrands its non-profit organization as Kepler's Literary Foundation, completes its spin-off, and files for IRS approval. Read press coverage in our press release, the Menlo Park Almanac, San Jose Mercury News, InMenlo, and Shelf Awareness.

May 2017: Facebook selects Kepler's to join its 2017 US Small Business Council. Read full article HERE.
January 2017:  Kepler's becomes the first independent bookstore in the US to offer a starting wage of $15 per hour.
October 2016: Kepler's re-invention featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review. Read full article HERE.
June 2, 2016: Kepler’s GiftLit Service Extends Reach, Ramps Up Sales. Read the press release HERE.
May 24, 2016: Kepler’s GiftLit Service Wins National Recognition for Innovative Use of Technology. Read the press release HERE.
April 2016: Kepler's Sustainability Award gets great press in the Almanac, Mercury News, Mercury News 2InMenlo, Shelf Awareness, and ABA's Bookselling This Week. Click here for a short video produced by Sustainable San Mateo County about Kepler's.
September 2015: Media loves Kepler's celebration of its 60th anniversary. See the coverage in the San Jose Mercury News, In Menlo 1, In Menlo 2, the Almanac, and MetroActive 
Summer 2015:   A thriving Kepler's scores numerous "best of" awards and accolades from San Francisco Magazine, the Almanac, JWeeklySan Francisco Chronicle 1, and San Francisco Chronicle 2.