Have you heard about Bookshop.org? Launched in 2020, it is a startup that provides a new model to support indie bookstores. The Chicago Tribune said “Bookshop.org hopes to play Rebel Alliance to Amazon’s Empire.” But … how?
Stores that are affiliates, meaning they sell books online using Bookshop by sharing their link on social media, email newsletters, or on their websites, earn 30% of the cover price on any sales they generate, without having to do inventory or shipping. Bookshop notes that 30% of the cover price is their entire profit margin so they aren’t earning money off bookstore sales, all profits go to the store.
As well, 10% of regular sales on Bookshop.org are added to an earnings pool that is evenly divided and distributed to independent bookstores every six months. What this means is that even if you don’t choose which indie bookstore you want to order from on Bookshop, 10% of your order will still go into a pool that is later divided up among the affiliated shops.
Here’s the thing. Is buying directly from your local bookseller, whether that means calling them to order and have something shipped, or walking to their physical space and buying something directly, better? Yes, it absolutely is. But if you’re looking to purchase online, this is a positive, growing alternative. It is one that gives us hope that innovative models like this can combat behemoths like Amazon that continue to stamp out local businesses.
With that said, we decided to use Bookshop.org as a way to share our favorite inspiring and helpful books. As an affiliate that means we will earn a small commission, at no cost to you, if you click through and make a purchase. But, so will the bookstores that have signed on.Visit our Bookshop.org Store Here