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& 39;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 are earthy, versatile, colourful and definitely best enjoyed fresh from the ground. That& 39;s why we have called our online store Beetroot Books.
Alongside providing a platform for dynamic, radical and ethical books, we noticed that there’s something left out of the business models of many comparable enterprises so we’re determined to run Beetroot Books according to natural principles of diversity, creativity, inclusion and balance.
We’ve woken up to the fact that real success is intertwined with the success of all living things, so we’re securing our own best terms through securing theirs: we plant a tree for every book we sell, in partnership with eco-libris, donate 5% of sales to UK charity ‘The Woodland Trust’ and hand-pick titles to sell that promote these values. But we want to do more.
Now we wish 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.
What you get for your support
In exchange for donating funds that will pay the license fees to host commercial online e-book content, the necessary web development of writers pages and materials and the software to create new e-books, our sponsors will be receive rewards for the generosity.
Additionally they will be giving audience to a variety of up and coming writers, supporting environmental causes and birthing a bespoke service that is set to evolve to the needs of the 21st century; low energy usage, personal empowerment, inclusion and small scale producing.
This is a great opportunity to create something that will make a difference to artists and the environment based on the natural principles of balance and cooperation.
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About the project owner
I began Beetroot Books in 2011 as an alternative to the mainstream online stores specifically for like minds who loved books, wished to delve in to the more left field side of the tracks, and find useful info on subjects a little outside the mainstream whilst being able to put something back. In the case of Beetroot Books – TREES.
The site is evolving practices relevant to where the world is today and my personal interest is to provide a real independent alternative. Diversity is strength as well as resilience - something in-built into natural systems.
I started working in bookshops 20 years ago but moved on in to film, music, public relations and voluntary work. I’m interested in all the subject about which I sell books – that’s why there all handpicked.
I know and love these subjects.