Credit: Contributed

Online bookstore opens in Kelowna

“Our goal is to encourage people to list the book for sale, allowing the seller to earn some money”

A new Kelowna startup wants to help you clean off your bookshelf, encouraging you to sell your books when you’re finished reading them.

Local Reads launched in September and was created by Camille Jensen and Dan Arbeau with a goal to make it easier to buy used books locally.

“People are buying new books every day but when they’re done with those books they often get put on the bookshelf where they’re no use to anyone,” said Jensen.

“Our goal is to encourage people to list the book for sale, allowing the seller to earn some money from their book purchases while helping others find an affordable copy of a book instead of buying new.”

To date, the company has more than 500 used books for sale and the largest used inventory to browse online available in Kelowna. Individual booksellers are selling books as well as the company’s first partner, High Browse 2nd Hand Books.

“Our mission is to be a one-stop resource for finding a used book before buying new,” said Arbeau.

“We also hope people will see that it doesn’t make sense to ship a book from Indiana, for example, when someone has a copy available in our community, reducing carbon emissions and keeping money local.”

Local Reads is a member of Accelerate Okanagan and is using Kelowna as a pilot to test their technology book platform. If successful, they plan to scale Local Reads nationally.

“Last year Canadians bought approximately 50 million physical books,” said Jensen.

“That’s a lot of books, and unfortunately many of these books are only used once. We’re excited to see if we can make it easy to buy used, and keep books circulating in their communities.”

To buy or sell used books, visit www.LocalReads.ca.

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Gold for Apex Freestyle Club skier at B.C. Games

Kelowna’s Jordan MacDonald wins gold in Kamloops at the B.C. Winter Games

Feature Friday: Life in the sex trade

A view into the life from one Kelowna prostitute and the issues it can cause for women

Future Olympians sought in Kelowna

RBC Training Ground event evaluates 100 young local athletes

Okanagan wineries back to business as usual

“It’s business as usual,” said Jeff Harder, owner of the Lake Country winery, Friday morning.

Snow impacting flights at Kelowna airport

Tough conditions have delayed several flights and cancelled others at the regional airport

What’s happening

Check out what is happening this weekend in the Okanagan-Shuswap.

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Rockets fend off pesky T-birds

Kelowna and Seattle go back and forth in an entertaining WHL affair

Canucks fold 5-3 in first ever trip to Vegas

Daniel Sedin had two points as Canucks fall to the Golden Knights Friday night

That’s a wrap: B.C. Games results after Day 1

Vancouver-Coastal Zone 5 is in the lead for medals Friday at the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games

Familiar faces head up library board

The executive of the Okanagan Regional Library board remains the same

Sticking the landing at the B.C. Games

Gymnasts talk competition, B.C. Winter Games, and teamwork in Kamloops

Therapy dogs make appearance at B.C. Games

The St. John’s Ambulance therapy dog program launches a pilot project at the 2018 Kamloops B.C. Winter Games

$153M in federal cash to fund child care, education training in B.C.

Bilateral agreement will create 1,370 new infant and toddler spaces

Most Read