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Meet Bookshop

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More often than not, when people buy books online, they do so by clicking little thumbnails of novels and essay collections on Amazon’s website. Those thumbnails then materialize as physical copies on their doorsteps in a matter of days. Easy-peasy. The online retailer is the most dominant force in American bookselling today, accounting for over 90 percent of ebooks and audiobooks, and around 42 to 45 percent of print sales, according to BookStat. Into this fray jumps a new online retailer, Bookshop, which is betting that people will see the value in choosing to buy somewhere else—at a business meant to give independent booksellers a chance to grab back some of the market share. “It's not really about disrupting an industry,” CEO Andy Hunter says. “It's about reinforcing an industry. Bookshop is about pulling back from the disruptive influence of Amazon.”

BIG NEWS: Meet Bookshop, the Startup Helping Indie Booksellers Take on Amazon | WIRED

2020 LIBRARY EXTENSION

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We endorse: Library Extension... it will show you if books and e-books you search for online are available for free at your local library, and helps you borrow them in one click.

Looking for a way to kick your addiction to shopping for books online? A new web browser extension might be of help.


Library Extension will show you if books and e-books you search for online are available for free at your local library. Library Extension has been around since at least January 2013, but it just got discovered again in 2020.
The extension, which is available for Chrome and Firefox, is activated after entering your location and selecting libraries in your area. E-book services are also available.

One installed, every time you browse for books at an online bookstore like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and Audible, Library Extension will pop up and show you if the books are available at your chosen library.


With just one click, you’ll be directed to the chosen library or e-boo…