Dot’s Reading Room: Nieman Lab Profiles a New Bookseller’s Challenge to Amazon

If you’ve ever thought to yourself …. “maybe Amazon is entirely TOO powerful,” here’s a story to cheer you.  A startup called Bookshop is challenging the 900-pound gorilla at its own game.  Read the story as reported by Harvard’s Nieman Lab:

The Rebel Alliance to Amazon’s Empire. A David taking on Goliath. Any way you want to put it, the new e-commerce site Bookshop has attracted a lot of attention for challenging Amazon on its original turf.

“Bookshop, which was founded to support independent bookstores, distributes earnings through a pooled fund and provides digital storefronts that let local stores keep the profits on any sales they generate. Launched in late January, Bookshop has served as a lifeline for indie booksellers during a pandemic that has forced many of them to shut up shop. Here in Massachusetts, for example, local favorites like Harvard Book StoreBrookline Booksmith, and Porter Square Books — not considered “essential businesses” — have closed and suspended curbside pickup. This could change after May 18, but until then, online orders are keeping them afloat.”

Read the story here:

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