LisMel launched in May 2012, to sell my inherited collection of second-hand books online. Over time, our focus has gradually shifted more into self-publishing projects with locally based indie authors and content creators, and collaborating on various ongoing projects like The Swamp-New Adventures in Pop Culture website and The Swamp podcast.
We do occasionally offer a select range of second-hand books on our online storefront, but the costs of shipping heavy hardback books to customers around the world are prohibitive in an e-commerce market demanding lowest prices and free shipping as standard consumer fare.
Our decision was that it made more sense to give much of our second-hand stock to local thrift shops that could resell our pre-loved books to raise funds for various projects and community organizations of interest to us we wanted to support.
Our future direction is to focus on our in-house publishing projects and to support and promote self-publishing authors and content creators.
But what LisMel is about is the wish to share our passion for wonderful books, wonderful songs and wonderful company as encapsulated by Grover’s Mill in their seminal Book Report music video. The Book Report has become our anthem and we hope yours too …
“Books are real … Books are cool.
Learn to read. That’s the Golden rule.”