Opposite Books are accepting art as payment for e-books

Buying a book is nothing new, but buying an e-book is quite new, and something really new* is buying an e-book in exchange for your own ‘work of art’.

This is the innovation of independent publishers Opposite Books who are offering Ella Hill's collection of fables The True Story of the Hare and the Tortoise in exchange for submitting one item of ‘original art’.

Tim Patrick of Opposite Books explains the concept "That's why selling books for art is interesting to us; people can submit a picture, a short film, some music, a substantial piece of writing or something they write spontaneously during the purchase. We're not judgemental about the art that is submitted. For us, what makes it art is the difficult decisions the artist has made about what to put into the piece and what to leave out. Working with authors, we deal with these questions all the time. We wondered if we'd get a lot of junk contributions, but people have made extraordinary efforts and the feedback we get is that people have enjoyed paying for the book as much as reading it.”

Author Ella Hill commented, "When my editor proposed the idea of payment in art, I was pretty dubious about the prospect. But it's been fantastic publicity and also weirdly satisfying to see the art that people have paid with".

To exchange your original art for the book The True Story of the Hare and the Tortoise click here:

The True Story of the Hare and the Tortoise a collection of ten short stories which are modern reworks of fables and more is also available to purchase on Amazon for £3.34


* Bartering is so old it's new. Good to see it making a comeback, wonder if I can try it in my local.

(c) Wendy Thomson 2011

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