Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | May 30, 2013

David, Goliath and the Beetroot

„Modern Book Printing“, fourth sculpture (from six) of the Berliner Walk of Ideas on the occasion of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. Unveiling: 21 April 2006 at Bebelplatz, square near the Unter den Linden in front of Humboldt University. It is to commemorate to Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of Modern Book Printing around 1450 in Mainz. Photo: Lienhard Schulz

„Modern Book Printing“, fourth sculpture (from six) of the Berliner Walk of Ideas on the occasion of 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. Unveiling: 21 April 2006 at Bebelplatz, square near the Unter den Linden in front of Humboldt University. It is to commemorate to Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of Modern Book Printing around 1450 in Mainz. Photo: Lienhard Schulz

Why use Amazon and Audible.com? These companies unfortunately have developed monopolies and the vast majority of book, ebook and audiobook sales go through their systems. One is forced to sup with Goliath… but perhaps David is gaining strength with the appearance of Beetroot Books…an ethical company that plants trees as it sells books. I’m certainly going to look at working with them – here is their latest project which anyone – writers or readers – can support:

BEETROOT BOOKS say: We want to introduce ebooks from independent and mainstream publishers and promote independent writers by publishing their work directly to ebook formats commission free. For every book we sell we’ll also plant a tree. We want to provide a curated alternative for writers and readers.

We created Beetroot Books to champion independent publishers and progressive content; writings that address contemporary issues (environment, transition, spirituality) and that enlighten, promote positive values and inform across all ages.

We’re a distinctive, curated online bookstore that plants a tree for every book sold and now we aim to build a community of independent writers by offering them commission free publishing and selling of e-books. We also wish to further our support for green initiatives by attracting more customers.

We want to extend our reach to a wider audience by introducing e-books from independent and mainstream publishers and further promote independent writers by publishing their work (full length work, short stories, poetry, articles & polemics) directly.  We want to host a separate page for each artist and sell their work commission free (acceptance is decided on their compatibility with Beetroot Books i.e. we will not accept any material based on discrimination or the ‘promotion’ of negative ideologies), and only taking the bank fees necessarily payable for online transactions.  

Our ultimate aim is to create a community of writers and artists in effect hosting an online ‘salon’ where people interested in such areas can find a one stop shop of new writing (as opposed to trawling self-publish sites that publish indiscriminately for a fee). We’ll be working with a number of specialist editors and authors to showcase quality new talent in a publishing climate that is otherwise increasingly conservative and risk-averse.

Furthermore we wish to plant even more trees and participate in larger schemes to do so. The more titles we sell the more we will invest in this initiative. Increased traffic to the site will allow us to achieve this aim.

See http://crowdfunder.co.uk/beetroot_books/


Responses

  1. Beyond the beautiful imagery, past the passionate poetry, taller than the tower of texts, lies a truth: I believe Philip Carr-Gomm deeply loves his Earth. He loves her.


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