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Something for book lovers of all ages today, with news of an innovative platform for readers and authors, and a startup that’s ensuring kids have fun while learning to read.
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Startup of the day
Copper Books, California (USA)
Source: Copper Books
What’s the deal: Founded in 2019, Copper Books is an online platform dedicated to connecting authors and readers. It allows users to host a book club, create meaningful content, and generate reviews, affiliate links and partner sponsorships.
Copper Books raised $2.5M funds in a recent seed round.
Underlying trends: Social media, Internet, BookTech
Why it matters: Social media is supposed to connect people, yet many users still feel lonely and crave profound, in-person experiences.
Copper brings people together through social media and book clubs — both virtually and in person — to counteract the isolation and superficiality that has emerged in the wake of social media.
Once users join the community, Copper gives them access to online book clubs, virtual meet-ups with favorite authors, book recommendations, exclusive content from authors, and users get to have their own virtual bookshelf too.
Currently, it’s in the beta phase and will be launched shortly.
Our take: While strong competition in the book industry exists in the form of Wattpad, Goodreads and other platforms, Copper Books has an interesting all-round approach, offering a service not only to readers but to authors as well.
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