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The State of Independent Bookstores Today [Radio]

On this edition of StartupNation Radio, your host, Jeff Sloan, chats with local bookstore owners to find out how and why independent bookstores are thriving today, against all odds in the Amazon environment.

Our guests include Carolyn Sweeney of Squirreled Away Books in Armada, MI, and Cary Loren and Colleen Kammer of The Book Beat in Oak Park, MI.

Listen to the full show below:


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Highlights from the show include: 

  • The benefits local booksellers can provide to customers that Amazon cannot, including personalized customer service and a shopping experience
  • How Main Street commerce can not only compete, but succeed
  • Personalization and the local bookstore experience
  • The added bonus of shopping local: putting money back into your local economy
  • Creating value vs. best price
  • Saving the future of Main Street commerce
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