Kieron Smith, the former managing director of Amazon‘s Book Depository, is starting his own bookselling venture. He announced the launch of an online store, Best Little Bookshop, yesterday at the Independent Publishing Guild (IPG) conference in Oxfordshire, UK.
How does a former Amazon employee approach the online bookselling game? For one, he’s decided not to sell ebooks. Smith’s company will not be algorithm-driven, either. It is supposed to be taste-driven, and he announced the site to publishers as “a collaborative effort to offer something new.”
The company, just Smith and his wife Sharon for now, will partner with booksellers and publishers to offer unusual and hard-to-find books. Publishers will be able to create profiles to sell their books to readers, though it’s not clear how many of these partnerships Smith has established, if any. The site will launch in four languages — German, English, French and Arabic — all at once.
“We believe good bookselling is a craft, that careful selection and exceptional service makes for more delighted book buyers. By being independently minded — not driven by algorithms to create book lists — we believe that we can add a human touch to book buying that is sorely missing online,” Smith …read more
Via: Melville House Books