Maine online book club company raises $1M to expand

A Camden book club business has been raised more than $1 million to add features to its website amid a boom in readers wanting to interact with each other during the pandemic.

Bookclubs co-founder Anne Ford said some 13 million Americans are in a book club. Her business helps readers find other people with similar interests and guides them on how to form a club either virtually or in person and how to keep the club going.

The two-year-old company gets revenue from book publishers and authors, whose books it promotes and recommends along with discussion guides. It also partners with booksellers and authors to sell books on its website.

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