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Decemberís Tennessee Business Spotlight: Books! Books! Books!
(Published: December 2, 2013)

While attending Oxford University in England, Murray Hudson decided to stop into a book and map store that caught his interest. It held his interest – in a big way.

“I fell in love with the place,” Hudson said. “I bought 52 maps.”

That sparked a hobby that years later, after several career changes, led him to found Murray Hudson Antiquarians, Books, Maps – a business with 30,000 maps, books, prints and globes available for sale at three locations in the northwest Tennessee community of Halls.

Hudson’s clientele includes collectors from around the world. While he acknowledges he might do an even bigger business in a larger city, he’s not interested in leaving a community where his family has owned land for generations.

“It’s really laid back,” Hudson said of his home base. “I really like this small town thing.”

Plus, despite being a little hard to find on a map, Hudson notes that Halls is within seven hours’ driving distance of a large portion of the United States’ population. “It’s a central location,” he said.

Murray Hudson Antiquarians, Books, Maps is one of the featured businesses in Tennessee Business Spotlight. This month’s theme - “Books! Books! Books!” - highlights some of the Tennessee-based companies that publish and sell books.

Tennessee Business Spotlight is a regular feature on the Secretary of State’s web site that recognizes some of the state’s businesses that create jobs, produce quality products and make contributions to their communities.

The other featured businesses in December are:

“While many people think of Tennessee as a hot spot for the music publishing business, book publishing is also an important industry here,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “Part of what we do in the Secretary of State’s office is providing support to libraries throughout the state. And without the efforts of book publishers and book sellers, libraries wouldn’t have a product to offer our residents.”

People who visit the Tennessee Business Spotlight web page can learn more about the featured companies’ goods and services, operations, employment figures, photos and links to social media and web sites that can provide additional information.To visit Tennessee Business Spotlight, go to www.spotlight.tnsos.net

To nominate a company to be featured in Tennessee Business Spotlight, please visit the web page and click on the “Submit a Business” link or call (615) 253-8800.