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Our Story

Camille Jensen, co-founder and chief book seller

I remember reading my first book. It was from the Dick and Jane series and my older sister was there coaching me along. This kick-started a love of reading that continues today and for which I am incredibly grateful for. 

As an avid reader, I saw problems with our book market. Most importantly, if you want to buy a used book locally you have to physically go to the used book stores as nothing is catalogued online. Adding to this, when I finished reading a book I had nothing to do with it other than put it on my bookshelf where it would gather dust. 

Inspired by the potential to share books more widely and reduce waste through collaborative consumption, I founded Local Reads with my business partner Dan Arbeau.


Dan Arbeau, co-founder and tech extraordinaire

These days I mostly read code as I build out the Local Reads platform and customer experience. 

When I’m not working on Local Reads, I enjoy reading science fiction, biographies, and books about entrepreneurship and business.

I have always enjoyed working with computers and started to code when I was in my teens. From there, I have had a great time being creative and building many different projects on and offline.

Our Mission

Local Reads aims to enhance the current book market by making it easy to buy used books locally. 

We are a values-based business, promoting literacy and corporate social responsibility through our day-to-day business practices. Watch for more information on these initiatives as we discover where we can best make an impact in the communities we serve.

Our story is just beginning! Local Reads launched September, 2017.