Richard Frisbie of Hope Farm Press

Photo of Richard FrisbieMy name is Richard Frisbie. I’m told that all the Frisby/ee/ie families are related, so I have a lot of cousins out there – and yes, that does include the CT Frisbie Pie Company folks whose flying tins led to the popular WHAMO Frisbee disk. Unfortunately, I am not closely enough related to benefit from that invention, so I rely on my book selling skills to make my fortune. (talk about pie in the sky!)

My business names are Hope Farm Press & Bookshop, a publishing company I bought in 1990 that specializes in books of New York State interest, and Booktrader, a trade-in paperback and reader’s book store I bought in 1985 – sold in 1992 – and bought back in 1997. I operate them both at the same address and for simplicity refer to them as Hope Farm Press & Booktrader.

I live in, and have my shop in my hometown of Saugerties, NY. It is a rural village on the Hudson River where the Catskill Mountains are their closest – yet it is still only 2 hours by car from the center of Manhattan. My desk and computer, at which I am seemingly always chained, is in the front window of my store on Main Street – in the middle of a busy commercial village – and I feel like Dave Garroway on the original Today show (which should give you an idea of my age!)

I live in, and have my shop in my hometown of Saugerties, NY. It is a rural village on the Hudson River where the Catskill Mountains are their closest – yet it is still only 2 hours by car from the center of Manhattan. My desk and computer, at which I am seemingly always chained, is in the front window of my store on Main Street – in the middle of a busy commercial village – and I feel like Dave Garroway on the original Today show (which should give you an idea of my age!)

I publish two or three books a year on New York history (38 books in print) and work closely with historical and genealogical societies to promote an interest in NY regional history and tourism. I started selling books online in 1992 or 3 (loss of memory – another clue to my age) with a downloadable catalogue ebook from Compuserve, Genie and AOL. I turned that into a webpage in 1995, as Amazon.com (who?) and I launched our online bookselling competition. It’s been a close race since then. I win hands down in the profit department, (meager as that is) but they are light years ahead of me (read that Billion$) in valuation.

I’m a founding member of the New York State Regional Publishers Association, (now moribund) an active member of the Catskill Mountain/Hudson Valley Publisher’s Group, (really a breakfast club of my colleagues/competitors) and am happily, although only somewhat involved with this IOBA group. There is just so much time in which to spread myself thin.

Richard Frisbie d/b/a
Hope Farm Press & Bookshop
for orders 1-800-883-5778
252 Main Street
Saugerties, NY 12477

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