No matter how small, we’ll take the morsels of good news where we can get ’em these days, folks.
Bookselling has, like pretty much every industry in America, been punched in the throat by the worsening coronavirus crisis, and many dedicated and passionate indie booksellers (not the most lucrative or stable calling at the best of times) have recently found themselves furloughed or laid off.
It’s not all doom and gloom on this front, however, as one retailer (Seattle-based Libro.fm, which offers audiobooks for sale on its website and in partnership with independent bookstores across the country) has seen its strongest sales in the company’s history in recent months. In March alone Libro.fm recorded a 300% increase in subscriptions from the previous month. The company has also so far raised more than $80,000 for independent bookstores through its #ShopBookstoreNow campaign.
Now, the good people at Libro.fm are going one step further by committing to adding ten recently laid-off booksellers to their growing team.
As reported by Publishers Weekly earlier today, “the company encouraged booksellers to apply for a job and suggest a role they might fill. . . . Interested booksellers should complete the application by 12:00pm PDT on Wednesday, April 8.” Job descriptions include:
Audiobook Sample Creation
Corporate and Bulk Sales Outreach
Online Content + Proofreading
Educator and Librarian ALC Outreach
Build Enhanced Audiobook Pages and Author Bio Pages
Children’s and YA Expert-in-Residence
Fiction and General Trade Expert-in-Residence
Writer or Artist-in-Residence
[via Publishers Weekly]