A new book shop, the One Dollar Book Swap, is open for business inside of Murphbooks, a books recycling warehouse in Dayton.
Dayton native and Harrison Twp. resident Greg Murphy owns Murphbooks, at 1723 Webster St., in the Old North Dayton neighborhood.
During his years as an undergraduate business major at Wright State University, Murphy started his business, buying and trading textbooks, then selling them online. The business, Murfbooks, took off, taking so much of his time that 33-year-old Murphy, who received his bachelor’s degree and started his master’s program, is still two credits shy of his graduate degree and doubts he’ll ever finish.
“I was broke and textbooks cost so much, but the bookstore didn’t give us much for the used ones, so I started selling mine online, then bought them from classmates to sell, then in bulk, and it grew into this business,” Murphy said.
Murphy has 18 employees and buys three to four semi-truckloads a week from recyclers, thrift stores, libraries and other places that discard books.
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