On this episode of StartupNation Radio, Jeff features a company that has created an excellent solution for independent bookstores to compete with big behemoths like Amazon. Andy Hunter is founder of Bookshop.org, an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.
Hunter has a background in the publishing industry, and is also a publisher and co-creator of Literary Hub.
Launched at the beginning of the year, Bookshop.org has raised $1.8 million (and counting!) for local bookstores, and in just 11 weeks, Bookshop.org has captured 1.5 percent of Amazon’s total market for physical books.
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During the interview, Andy discusses:
- Why he created Bookshop.org
- How the platform supports local, independent bookstores…
- … And how it’s able to compete with the likes of Amazon
- The experiential aspect of a bookstore, and the personal touch and atmosphere that local, indie bookstores provide over competitors
- How independent bookshop merchants can join the platform
- The company’s affiliate program
Next up, Jeff features “Detroit: Engine of America,” a book written by R.J. King, journalist and editor of DBusiness magazine, which was just named named a finalist in the 30th annual Midwest Book Awards.
Jeff summarizes the book’s coverage of the history of Detroit and the auto industry, and R.J. then shares a summary of the book in his own words.
“Detroit: Engine of America” by R.J. King is available now wherever books are sold.
We’ll be back next Saturday with an all-new edition of StartupNation Radio!
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Andy Hunter image credit courtesy of Idris Solomon