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  • Esha

    Created by

    Esha Chatterjee
  • BB

    This fundraiser will benefit

    BEE Books Enterprise and Employees

    from Kolkata, West Bengal

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BEE Books is an independent publishing press based out of Kolkata. Recently the press has undergone extensive paper and machinery damage.

Our website, www.beebooks.in has our entire catalog (https://bit.ly/3aWDPDh) and https://amzn.to/36ohUo0 is our store on Amazon.

We have received recognition nationally and internationally through our list of translated titles, mostly from Bangla/Bengali. We have managed to sell film rights and international copyrights as well.
Our fight is relentless and persistent in the face of decreasing readership across the World.

At present with the pandemic, all the copyright sale and grants are all on hold. The bigger distributors and booksellers are not paying us giving excuses of the pandemic. And now with Amphan, we have lost what we had in store for our future projects.
To cross-check the work we do, please visit our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/bee.books/
We have paid full salaries to all our employees for the past 3 months of the lockdown. 

Here is a break-up of the cost the paper damage and book stock damage:
  • Paper loss and damage, inclusive of binding materials: 3,50,000 INR
  • Completely bound books and semi bound books, and printed cover lost: 1,00,000 INR
The recoverable cost is 1/4th of the total damage, which is 1,12,500 INR in accordance with the insurance policies.
The non-recoverable cost is 3,37,500 INR

The other costs are:
  • Amount of books in credit in the market to booksellers, whose property has been affected: 2,34,370 INR. The actual due is much higher considering the big distributors and booksellers who don't care about small presses.
  • Opportunity cost: 1,42,500 INR
[ The opportunity cost includes the loss of business on Amazon, Flipkart, and other e-commerce platforms that had started book delivery amidst the lockdown. The loss of business in the coming one month through the book delivery and bookstore of our own which had opened up quite recently. The salaries and overhead cost of the employees till we actually recover the money through insurance which will take around 2 months on the lenient side]

The money we need is 7,14,370 INR
We can absorb 1,14,370 INR
We need to raise 6,00,000 INR to keep paying our employees and creditors.
 
With full honesty and transparency, I am reaching out for help.
If you support independent publishing, we need your support and backing now to stay afloat and pay everyone who has put in so much effort to keep working towards the cause we believe in.

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