Jeffrey Mayersohn has been the co-owner of the Harvard Book Store, with his wife, Linda Seamonson, since October 2008. Under their direction, Harvard Book Store has continued to innovate and to lead the way in supporting local and sustainable business. In September of 2009 it unveiled their print-on-demand machine that can print millions of public domain or print-on-demand books right in the store, and allows them to offer an affordable option for authors interested in self-publishing. In 2010 they relaunched their website with a look and feel that replicates the in-store shopping experience and exemplifies the best of the Harvard Book Store. At harvard.com customers can browse shelves, read wide-ranging staff recommendations, peruse an interactive events calendar, and discover a great selection of books. The store is perhaps best known for its event series. Prior to the pandemic, it participated in 450 author readings a year. Since early 2020, the store has continued its commitment to helping authors promote their works, often holding more than one virtual event per day.
Throughout its history, Harvard Book Store has been active in the local community and in bookselling—holding active roles on American Booksellers Association committees and boards, and in the New England Independent Booksellers Association. The store is also a founding member of Cambridge Local First, a strong and successful independent business alliance. In 2002, the bookstore was awarded the prestigious "Bookseller of the Year" Award from Publishers Weekly. Over the years the bookstore has been frequently recognized by local polls and publications, including Boston magazine's "Best Bookstore" (2014), "Best Literary Series" (2017, 2018), "Best Neighborhood Shop" (2019), and "Best Virtual Author Series" (2020, 2021).
Prior to buying the bookstore, Jeff worked on the development of the Internet. He was initially employed by Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN), the Cambridge R&D firm that built the prototype for the internet. Jeff rose to become Senior Vice President for Engineering in the Communications Division of BBN. After that, he served as an executive at the startup, Sonus Networks, a pioneer in Internet-based telephony.
Jeff was trained as a particle physicist, holding degrees from Harvard and Yale.