Never heard of weedle before….. neither had I until yesterday. I went along to the launch and I have to say I was impressed.
!00% Irish run, developed, managed and owned…. all good so far…. and as of today employing 18 people and based in Blackrock Co. Dublin. That alone deserves a standing ovation….. 🙂
More than that Weedle is possibly the internet platform for the next generation. In short here’s how it likes to be described:
weedle enables a better way for you to connect with people who need your skills and to find the people whose skills you need
I’ll let Iain Mc Donald, CEO of Weedle, describes how it works…
My advice… go sign up. Use your personal name. Not your company name. Why? The searches work based on your skills…. as was explained last night. So if you are a gardener [for example] who likes to play guitar at the weekends…. you can be found and find others with those similar interest or skills.
It is new. It is being launched today. There maybe something you feel needs to be added or tweaked…. there is a suggestion/ feedback button on the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Use it…. the nice people in weedle will.
Check it out. You’ll find me under Peter Donegan btw.
As one can gather… I have quite a vast and varied gardening book collection. But recently I have found it quite extremely difficult to buy anything that could be considered original. Even more difficult than that is to find anything at all original and Irish.
I did email hughes and hughes. I also emailed easons. For those outside of Ireland they are probably Irelands biggest retailers of books. I queried who selected the books for the gardening section…. it was some time ago now but I got no answer.
Once again, I was in Waterstones [not the most Irish] book shop on Dawson Street. Yes folks, when I’m not scouring the aisles looking for nouveau paraphernalia I am looking for new reading material. 😉 Waterstones deserve massive applause. They don’t know me. I don’t know them…. but we have more books in common than other book shop in Ireland.
A lot of them are specialist, or coffee table style books – but a higher than others percentage are Irish, written and referenced.
There are two main issues. Or two things I look for when choosing a book. The first is, is the book of any use or is it just a rehash of something that has already existed. Most recently, you will find that has appeared in the ‘organic’ or ‘grow your own’ department. Formerly it was simply called growing fruit and vegetables. But en vogue labelling obviously sells.
The second issue, after I narrow it down to a book I like is, as I can gather, is that most books are published for the UK market. That’s absolutely fine. But when it comes to the reference bit at the back… they are all UK companies. If for example it is to do with recycling…. it makes the book of very little use.
I know there are great books out there. I know there are great independent book stores out there. I am not all wishing to knock here. I am I suppose hoping it may [at the very least] improve the quality of what is for sale on the market at this moment in time. To those who don’t have grandiose garden book collections… it’s very akin, to analogise, to only being able to buy Stock, Aitken and Waterman music.
Whilst I am on the subject, there are always those a little more amazing and unique at their job…. If you do know one of them… go ahead and give them a mention.
If this post makes a difference, a publishing house wishes for me to review their garden books… a book shop wishes to put their message out in response to this – I am more than happy to do so. From this maybe we will all gain…. All you have to do is contact me.
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