Local Bookstores Fighting Back


Total dominance of the book market by Amazon. Nobody wants it, but there hasn’t been a lot anyone could or wanted to do about it. Until now. From Forbes:

Bookshop is the brainchild of Andy Hunter. He is well-known in the independent bookstore community, with his background as a book publisher (Catapult, Counterpoint, Soft Skull Press); publisher of online literary sites (Literary Hub, CrimeReads, Book Marks; and as the founder of digital publisher Electric Literature.

Hunter said he started Bookshop because “I became more and more worried about what the future was going to look like if Amazon achieved total market dominance.”

Set up as a “B Corporation,” which goes to social and environmental performance, Bookshop.org’s elegant and easy-to-use interface will help put book buying dollars back into the pockets of hardworking booksellers. From the bookshop.org web site:

Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support independent bookstores and give back to the book community.

We believe that bookstores are essential to a healthy culture of readers and writers. They’re where authors can connect with readers, where we discover new writers, where children get hooked on the thrill of reading that can last a lifetime. They’re also anchors for our downtowns and communities.

Sound great? We think so, too. We’ve just set up the January Magazine Bookshop bookshop. Bookshop.org is in beta and we’re not sure where it all leads, but you can join us there.

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