In my quest to find alternatives to Amazon, my latest discovery has been an interesting one.
A couple of weekends ago I made a brief trip to Avebury in Wiltshire, a picturesque little English village and home to an impressive neolithic henge monument.
Once I was home that same Sunday evening I had a sudden flash of inspiration and wondered what Britain’s leading Druid, Philip Carr-Gomm, was up to these days…
A quick search later and on the first page of his blog that day I spied a post entitled Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future? and slap bang in the middle of the text a link stood out – to Beetroot Books. Philip had even called it
“…the green alternative to Amazon.”
Cutting a long story short, I had a quick exchange of emails with the properietor of Beetroot Books, mentioning about how I’d found the website, and soon I as browsing the site and had made an order.
The selection of works listed at Beetroot Books are perfect for the green-fingered, environmental, esoteric and open-minded reader and many tomes caught my attention. I’ve got a few added to my wishlist because there’s already a stack of at least 50 books here that I have yet to digest but I ordered another book anyway – The Moneyless Man : A Year of Freeconomic Living.
The price was good and the service quick but, best of all, Beetroot Books have a great ethical philosophy, believing in people, profit *and* planet. What’s more, they even plant a tree for every book you purchase and are the only UK bookstore to make that pledge.
As for the book, well, I’ve only just got started and life’s pretty busy, but I’ll plough through it and then hopefully I can work my way through my backlog of reading material – I love the internet but it’s always good to read a real book and I’ve resisted the Nook/Kindle pathway so far…
But yes, Beetroot Books are well worth checking out for your alternative book needs, so go have a look and see what they can do for you 🙂