In today’s digital era, people spend a significant amount of time online.

Whether they are looking for entertainment, information or to shop, smart devices and computers are a convenient ‘go-to’ for the modern customer – and with the current COVID-19 situation, this trend is gathering even more momentum.

Consider your own purchasing habits. With the simple click of a button, it’s so easy to order food and stream movies online from the comfort of your own home, especially during the current social distancing restrictions.

Bookstores are no exception to this growing trend. While brick-and-mortar stores will always have their place, expanding your store to include an online shop may be a wise decision to help you adapt and thrive in this evolving market.

It’s also easier than you think, and the advantages are worth considering.

Benefits of an online bookstore for your business:

1. Customer Convenience

An online presence provides your avid readers with a simple and easy option to make purchases. Through your website, they can browse your titles anytime and anywhere, and simply click “buy” when they’re ready. The convenience and immediacy of this experience encourages more purchases, as they won’t need to leave the safety and comfort of their homes.

Aside from increased sales, an online bookstore also requires very little maintenance.

2. Unlimited capacity

Your retail bookstore has a limited amount of space to hold and display certain book titles, which can restrict your readers’ choices. However, having an online database allows you to offer a wider range of titles and increase their exposure to all the stock you have.

3. Enhanced customer experience

Customer-centric businesses are the ones who stand out the most. Having your bookstore online can help you enhance buyers’ experience beyond just comfort and convenience – it also gives readers the ability to check reviews, comments, suggestions, and feedback – helping them make more satisfying orders.

4. Accessibility

Purchasing from an online bookstore will give readers the benefit of having their precious books delivered to them directly at home. This lowers the challenges of having to physically get to your store and back.

5. Exposure

Creating an online bookstore enables both your store and books to be discoverable by search engines like Google. This makes your products available not just for your usual customers in your local neighbourhood, but also to people further away, across the country and even overseas.

A bookstore’s presence online can give your business an edge to earn great results and meet the evolving needs of the modern customer.

What kind of future is waiting for booksellers who can reach their customers online?

The future is digital and digital is the future.

Utilising an online bookstore selling platform is an effective way to expose your brand to more people and better establish yourself in the industry. This helps your bookstore adapt to the progress of technology and better serve your customers – both of which ensure greater business resilience.

It’s your business’ turn.

If these advantages are important to you and you want to learn more, give us a call or send us an email.

We can help you bring your bookstore online in a simple and effective way.

Ray Potter – sales@booknet.com.au