Dog Eared Books
Pages: A Bookstore
Parnassus Books, TN
We offer more than just algorithms.
Book-lovers to our core, we aim to deliver the best online experience for browsing audiobooks, and partner with more than 8,000 booksellers to curate recommendations and playlists for our customers. These are real people, not artificial intelligence, who work hard to get more books into the hands (or ears!) of readers.
We utilize our platform to highlight a diverse and inclusive selection of audiobooks for everyone. Each month, we curate lists of free audiobooks for educators, librarians, and booksellers. When curating these lists, we include at least 50% BIPOC authors in order to help distribute these books to classroom, library, and community bookshelves.
Books & Books, FL
Each bookstore, each bookseller, and each customer is part of our community, and we’re part of theirs.
From booksellers at Fireside Books in Palmer, Alaska to customers of AkooBooks in Legon, Ghana, our digital platform brings us all together. We started with just a handful of partner bookstores in 2014, and by 2020 we have grown to more than 1,300 and counting.
Though we may be digital, we approach community-building like an independent, brick-and-mortar bookstore. We humanize every interaction, whether it’s through social media posts, direct messages, email, or customer support. On our blog, we champion individual booksellers, authors, narrators, and translators. By sharing these stories with the Libro.fm community, we foster space for conversations between booksellers, creators, and readers.
Bookstores specialize in handselling books to customers.
But the challenges of 2020 made it increasingly necessary that booksellers also become well versed in technology for marketing and selling books online. Libro.fm provides booksellers with a digital platform to sell audiobooks free of charge. We also offer free marketing materials and audiobook listening copies for booksellers, and our inbox is always open to provide any support needed. We go to great lengths to make our platforms—including our free iOS and Android apps—user-friendly for our customers and our bookstore partners.
Listening to audiobooks is just as impactful as reading print books, and scientific research backs this belief. Audiobooks provide flexible listening and enable readers to fit more books into their lives. Beyond convenience, audiobooks make reading accessible for anyone who is not able to read print or ebooks. We strive to make Libro.fm easy to use no matter the reason customers turn to us. Listening is reading.
McNally Jackson / NY
As the COVID-19 crisis descended upon the world, we realized that independent bookstores needed our help—fast. In March, we launched a two-week campaign that immediately delivered 100% of sales to bookstores who sold a one-month membership or acquired new Libro.fm members.
We set a goal of $50,000, but passed it in ten days. Building on this momentum, we also asked publishers to forgo their revenue for a select list of audiobooks—to send bookstores 100% of those sales. In the end, we raised $89,131 for 724 bookstores.
Bringing on more booksellers
By April, many bookstores had to reduce employees hours, if not furlough or lay them off entirely. We kept hearing about booksellers who suddenly had no job and no income. Taking quick action, we created 11 temporary roles that booksellers could immediately fill—everything from customer support to content creation.
Book curation has always been one of our greatest strengths.
As more people sought out books on racial injustice—books that were often double-backordered in print—we, and many of our BIPOC-owned bookstore partners, curated playlists on the topics of race and injustice. A digital audiobook can never go out of print or on backorder, so we were able to quickly get these books to eager customers. This eased the burden on independent bookstores, especially BIPOC-owned bookstores, many of whom had massive increases in sales from customers looking to support them.
We also included at least 50% BIPOC authors in our free ALC lists each month for educators, librarians, and influencers and created extensive lists of audiobooks by Black, Latinx, and Indigenous authors to feature on our website. We continue to add to our list of new and upcoming BIPOC-authored audiobooks, and encourage pre-orders of books by BIPOC authors. Pre-orders help boost a book’s initial success and set a precedent for publishers supporting future works by the same or similar authors. On our blog, we prioritized BIPOC author interviews to foster a wide range of perspectives on writing and publishing.
Paulina Springs Books
The Brewster Book Store
Brave and Kind Books
Tattered Cover Book Store