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The Make Books Travel Podcast

42 EpisodesProduced by Marleen SeegersWebsite

The Make Books Travel podcast offers a behind-the-scenes look at the international publishing scene. Literary agent Marleen Seegers interviews the industry's key players, who all have one thing in common: they make books travel, for instance from one language to another, from manuscript to published… read more

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S2 E14: Challenging the Amazon Empire: Bookshop.org Founder & CEO Andy Hunter

Today’s guest is Andy Hunter, Founder and CEO of Bookshop.org.

Often referred to as the indie alternative to Amazon.com, Bookshop.org proposes a socially conscious way to buy books online. On the day our interview was recorded, it had since its launch in January 2020 raised close to $14 million for local bookstores in the US.

Amazon has seen an alarming growth in the ecosystem of book sales in the US. Andy explains why it was important to act immediately when he came up with the idea. He also gives us an insight into the logistics and the business model of Bookshop.org, which recently branched out to a few other countries as well.

Show Notes

  • Andy's book recommendation

Randa Jarrar, Love Is an Ex-Country

  • About Andy

Andy Hunter is the Founder & CEO of Bookshop.org. He is also the co-founder and publisher of Catapult press, the publisher of Counterpoint and Soft Skull Press, the co-creator and publisher of the websites Literary Hub, Crime Reads and BookMarks, and co-founder and chairman of Electric Literature. His focus is helping books remain a vital part of our culture in the digital age.

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