Philip Chandler: Digital Writer Spotlight

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Founder Scott Weisenthal praised his work: “Chandler is one of’s best selling authors. His book isn’t just a great read, it can change your perspective on honeybees and help you realize their importance to our food supply, to biodiversity and the overall health of the ecosystem. I love books that can inspire people to think differently, and that’s what The Barefoot Beekeeper can do.”

Welcome to eBookNewser’s newest feature, Digital Writer Spotlight. We’ve launched this feature to recognize the established and emerging voices within online communities. On a regular basis, we will feature hand-picked reading recommendations from community leaders at writing sites–introducing readers to the world of socially networked fiction. If you want to nominate a writing community, email eBookNewser with your recommendation.

Here is a brief excerpt from The Barefoot Beekeeper

‘Barefoot’ beekeepers do not aim to extract every possible drop of honey from a hive. They respect the bees’ need to eat their own stores — especially over the winter — and regard sugar syrup as a much inferior supplement to be given only when, due to prolonged bad weather or other causes, bees are short of their own food.

I am not — let it be clear — advocating a return to the old, destructive methods of honey harvesting from skeps; nor am I suggesting that monks and farmers are the only people fit to keep bees. I do believe that a mutually beneficial and sustainable relationship with our bees must be based on a truly holistic approach: we need to learn more about how the colony works as a complete, living entity and the manifold ways in which it interacts with its environment, with us and with other living things. For too long we have been locked into an old-fashioned, reductionist approach, dealing with bees as if they were mere machines created solely for our benefit, instead of highly-evolved, wild creatures, with which we are privileged to work.