ooovre - buy books online from local bookstores
November 12, 2015 6:03 AM   Subscribe

ooovre - buy books online from local bookstores
ooovre helps people buy books online from local booksellers. The current site is a prototype that allows you to order any book from a local bookseller of your choice and then pick it up from their shop, often within 24-28 hours. We've just launched on Kickstarter to raise £30,000 to build the next version of the site with more powerful tools for local booksellers to sell online and roll out into the US, Canada and Australia.

Online bookselling has revolutionised the book business over the last 15 years, and while some of that change has been undoubtedly positive, unfortunately it’s also had some negative impacts - not least the pressure it’s put on local booksellers.

We believe that local bookshops are really important, they’re not just nice places to visit or a great source of recommendation for the next book to read, they’re a vital part of local communities, working with schools, book groups and authors to promote literacy and reading. However, because they’re small and often don’t have the resources, local booksellers have struggled to compete online. This has had a big impact on the sector - in the UK, over the last seven years, over 30% of local bookshops have closed, despite the fact that book sales in general have remained relatively stable. Which is why we’ve developed ooovre.
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posted by johnny novak (4 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

How fast can you get this to the US? I need this in my life sooooo badly.
posted by tofu_crouton at 7:58 AM on November 12, 2015

I just want to say that the monster on the homepage is completely rad. I hope the next version of the site has more monsters.
posted by lunch at 9:46 AM on November 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

Fantastic design!
posted by dontjumplarry at 1:38 AM on November 15, 2015

This is a great idea made better by the cooperation of monsters.
posted by a halcyon day at 3:28 PM on November 17, 2015

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