Posted on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 by Will Hagle
Even in its beta, Bookshop has already raised over $77,000 for local bookstores. It’s an ambitious model, especially when its primary competition happens to be one of the largest companies on the planet. Amazon’s roots were, of course, in bookselling. As the company has expanded far beyond selling that one product, Amazon has become synonymous with disrupting (for better or worse) traditional bookstores. It remains the most popular destination to buy books online. Bookshop provides an alternative for more conscious consumers. Readers can still purchase their books online and have them sent to their home, while financially supporting independent bookstores in the process.
Like Amazon, Bookshop allows writers or individuals to sell books and earn a commission while still giving back to bookstores. About 75% of the company’s profit margin, according to Bookshop’s About Page, is donated to people, publications, and book stores that help keep the book community thriving. The prices are often discounted compared to other booksellers, especially that aforementioned mega corporation. There’s never been a better time to hunker down and read a good book. Bookshop makes it easy to have those books delivered to your door, while supporting struggling independent bookstores around the world (without leaving your home).