Connor O’Brien

Richmond, Victoria

Writer, literary champion

Every year, over $250 million is leeched from the Australian economy as readers buy books from online bookstores based overseas. As such, readers are directed away from works by local writers and publishers. A writer, designer and web developer, Connor believes he has a solution in Tomely – an e-bookstore that has been designed to support the Australian literary community. This app-based platform will enable readers to easily sample and buy the best new Australian books, while also staying connected to the literary community through reviews and event listings: “By focusing on Australian titles, readers will be able to feel comfortable that their purchases are directly supporting the local publishing industry – and Australian culture in general.”

Connor O'Brien