Welcome to the Books of Liberty blog
For my inaugural post, I wanted to share a little about myself and about what you can expect to see within this blog’s parent site, Books of Liberty.
My name is Daniel Shafrir and I love learning new things. Traditionally, this was achieved by reading books or scholarly journals, but these days audio books, podcasts, websites and blogs have increased dramatically the sources of information one has at their disposal. Call me old fashioned, but I still love the concept of a good book.
I am interested in a certain niche (one that should become apparent if you browse through this blog’s parent site) and while there are sites out there that publish or sell books within this niche, there is no one site that covers the full spectrum I am interested in.
So I identified a market opportunity: Build an online collection of books that captures as much of my niche as possible, and provide people with information about these books, from content descriptions and reviews to downloading and purchasing options.
Being an advocate of the free market, I am keenly aware that if there is an untapped niche, it means that potentially there are people out there who would benefit from someone coming in and serving their needs.
Who are those people? What do they need? And why? The more I thought about it, the more I realized how many different types of people I can serve.
- Some think this niche is so small, there probably aren’t many books on the matter.
- Some know there are tons of books, but don’t know where to start.
- Some are curious to learn of what new books have come out.
- Some are students who would love to know which books discuss which topics.
- Some are bloggers or podcast creators who are looking for an idea of a book or topic to discuss.
- Some have a shelf full of books but don’t know what they’re in the mood for.
- Some are so jaded with the history and economics they’ve been taught, they no longer know which authors to trust.
- And probably the biggest group of people just want to know what is the one book they can give their uncle to set him straight, once and for all, on a particular topic they debated this past Thanksgiving.
Regardless of where you fit in, there is something in it for you! At the time of writing, there are over 1,600 books in a variety of formats by close to 1,300 authors, editors, contributors and narrators that cover almost 800 different topics and subtopics! I’ve tagged each book with detailed keywords, representing its contents.
Instead of following the traditional method of organizing the books by hierarchical structure like at Amazon (where you must guess where your book might be hidden), we allow you to browse by topic, no matter how granular that topic is.
Not having a hierarchical structure also allows you to choose multiple unrelated topics and find books that cover a broad range of subjects. The sky’s the limit with the range of books available to us… why restrict ourselves to the searching method?
Another benefit of displaying the topics and not just having a blank Google search bar is that you can simply browse the list of topics to get an idea of what is out there.
All this is has been designed with one goal in mind: to help you discover books covering ideas that pique your interest!
So go ahead and visit Books of Liberty and see what you can discover today. And as always, thank you for reading!