Paper is one of the oldest industries still going, and for good reason. There’s nothing like the feel of old book paper, or the appearance of documents that have survived the test of time. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most inefficient, outdated, and wasteful industries. Paper waste makes a few hundred million tons of waste in landfills every year. The traditional book publishing industry is likewise a dinosaur that demands millions of dollars in resources annually, just to function. Warehouses, distribution networks, retail space, and countless other seemingly minor necessities, combine to create a perfect storm of imperfect and unsustainable practices.
We place an emphasis on digital products for many reasons. Primarily, it keeps costs at a minimum, which means we can offer much more affordable products. There aren’t added costs for retailers, shipping companies, or packaging fees. Digital transactions are virtually instant and you can access your product as soon as you purchase it. You can store an entire library of books on a single device, whereas you can only carry one or two physical books.
Most home printers today have the capacity to create professional-looking products. Any images or files, that can’t be printed at home, can easily be sent to any major retail chain (such as Wal-Mart or Walgreens) for affordable printing. There’s little need to charge tens (or hundreds) of dollars more for a physical item, when the home user can access the same for a few dollars.
We occasionally offer physical products, but always in limited quantities.
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