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UAE-Based Bookends Wants To Make It Easy For You To Buy And Sell Secondhand Books Online
A new startup, Bookends, homegrown in the UAE, offers a digital platform to buy and sell secondhand books, with shipping and delivery available all over the UAE.
Booked for success: Alumna’s entrepreneurial spirit shines in online bookstore
It was a discussion over a cup of coffee between mothers that prompted American University of Sharjah (AUS) graduate Somia Anwar to start a small business buying and selling used books in order to encourage children to read.
Gulf Today Newspaper, Panorama Magazine
Cover to Cover: To help readers cope with the expense of new books, Grace Karim and Somia Anwar launched Bookends which allows users to buy and sell used books.
Ruwad el Istidama is a program shown on El Emarat TV.
A round of competitive innovation accompanied by promising talents in the field of alternative energy, sustainability and artificial intelligence and a jury that evaluates ambitious youth projects to determine the best among them and implement them in cooperation with Masdar City.
Bookends participated in episode 6, on Dec 6th and won the prize.
Pulse 95 Radio
Buying and Selling Pre-loved Books Online with Somia Anwar and Grace Karim. In this episode, we had the chance to introduce Bookends as well as also talk about the argument of E-books versus physical books and whether or not the pandemic has shifted people’s trends.
The National News
Generation Start-up: Sharjah's Bookends helps bargain hunters get their hands on discounted books.
Tessy Koshy from Friday Magazine wrote a lovely article about our online portal that allows users to buy and sell used books; mentioning sustainability, convenience, variety and price.
Baby and Child Magazine
We were featured on Baby & Child Magazine, talking about how to keep kids passionate about the written word.
Radio Interview - 103.8 FM
2nd March 2020
We had the pleasure to speak about Bookends live on Dubai Eye 103.8 station and conduct a friendly conversation with Nathalie and Danny. We discussed how Bookends buyers can buy and sellers can drop their books to us. We spoke our mission to encourage reading and to contribute toward saving our planet.
Women In Technology Forum hosted by SRTIP
18 Feb 2020
Sharjah Research Technology & Innovation Park organised the “Women in Tech Forum” in partnership with the Women in Tech Global Movement on the 18th of Feb 2020 which was held at Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Center, Sharjah. The forum featured keynote speakers and five main panels featuring 25 women leading the technology sector in the region. The panels discussed Gender Equality: Empowering Women in the Regional Tech Workforce, Women Led Technologies Initiative in the Middle East, Women In Innovation: Industry Perspectives in the UAE & MENA Region, Be Bold: Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs to Innovate & Invest In Cutting Edge Start-Ups, Lifelong Support & Education for Female Innovators. We had the pleasure to present our business model in front of various leader in the industry and talk about the community problem and our solutions.
Talk to Ali Podcast
8th Feb 2020
TalktoAli is a podcast where people can listen to different interview conduction by Mr. Ali Khawaja. We had the pleasure to be interviewed by him and had a 20 minutes discussion about Bookends. Who we are and what we do. And how we support sustainability by adopting 2 of the 3 waste hierarchy R’s. Therefore how our platform alolows multiple “reuse” and finally “recycle”.
Bloggers meet up - #letsliveitsimple
25th January 2020
We were invited to attend a bloggers’ meetup and we were sponsoring the event by giving away our bookmarks. Buyers would receive free shipping on order above 50AED. It was amazing to meet light minded people who are sharing their experiences as mommy bloggers, food bloggers and fashion bloggers
First festival participation - Sharjah Entrepreneur Festival (SEF)
25th – 26th Nov 2019
In its third year, the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival (SEF), organized by the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa), took place on November 25th & 26th 2019, at the Expo Center, Sharjah. We had a booth there to showcase our business model and were ready to have people signing up.
Idea Validation - Startup Sharjah by Sheraa
31st Oct – 2nd Nov 2019
Sheraa’s new initiative aimed at building new digital content and publishing industry ventures, Startup Sharjah, took place from October 31st to November 2nd, 2019 at the Sheraa Hub. The event brought together aspiring entrepreneurs with backgrounds in business, design, coding and marketing to rally around great ideas within the digital and publishing sector, racing to bring them to life in 72 hours. We went through a crash course of business model creation, programming, designing and market validation. The three days then culminated in a 3 minutes pitch session in front of ecosystem leaders and we won a prize of AED 25K as third place winners.