Normandy 4 Good. Shares bring together those who have books and those who are looking for them
« Shares bring together those who have books and those who are looking for them,” summarizes Maxime Raillot, co-founder and president of Sharebooks, a startup from Caen. This platform for buying, selling, renting and providing books was launched in November, and the application will arrive in the spring of 2023. Over the past year, the test version gathered a thousand registrations, including a hundred active accounts.
Stock books is a candidate for Normandy Innovation Award 4 Good performance which will be presented on December 14, 2022 in Caen.
Simplify access to books
“The company’s goal is both social, in particular to enable students to reduce their budget for books, and ecological, by promoting the reuse of books,” details by Maxime Raillot.
For resource centers, the platform should make the fund of used books more accessible.
For institutions – a test was recently carried out with the Law Department of the University of Rouen – to meet the needs of their students with a year-round subscription system.
For individuals, it is the possibility of selling or buying, and satisfying everyone’s desire to find an alternative to new books less than 25 km from home, with the possibility of delivery by bicycle. Sharebooks takes a commission for each book.
“Algorithm that interests American universities”
But between supply and demand, the equation could turn into a puzzle. “Sharebooks also got a techno dimension by developing an algorithm with the Greyc laboratory of the University of Caen. We hired two computer engineers to better predict and streamline orders, production and traffic.”, explains Maxime Raillot. An algorithm that interests American universities. The team also includes a work study student who promotes the project in the region. Sharebooks is preparing for growth in the coming years.
Launch Writing Contest
It’s launch time. To accompany the launch of the platform, Sharebooks is organizing a writing competition aimed at French speakers under the age of 30, in partnership with the Normandy region and foreign media titles. “The winner will be announced, says Maxime Raillot. We want to give a chance to someone who hasn’t. »