The Practical Beekeeper
Practical Beekeeper: Beekeeping Naturally
by Michael Bush is the epitome of a self-published book. (Yes, I
do include my 99 cent ebooks in this category.) The text is chock
full of very good information that you can't find anywhere else, but is
definitely a bit rough around the edges.
First of all, the author
is up front about the fact that the majority of the information can be
found for free on his website.
I've spent years dipping into his informative website and was quite
willing to pay a bit of money to have that information distilled into a
more linear format.
Unfortunately, I felt
like he didn't distill all that much.
There's no index, and the book is divided into beginner, intermediate,
and advanced sections, each of which covers most of the same topics in
different degrees of depth. So, to find out what Bush thinks
about strains of bees, I had to read the entire table of contents and
then flip through three different sections of the book. I even
noticed a few paragraphs that were included, verbatim, in multiple
Meanwhile, the book is
hardcover and large print, which means it's
hefty and sells for the scary price of $49. In retrospect, I
might have been better off with the ebook ($29 on his website) since
the photos are black and white and only moderate quality (meaning they
wouldn't lose anything by being viewed in eink.)
Whichever format you
choose, though, I highly recommend The Practical
Beekeeper to any intermediate beekeeper who's struggling to navigate
the maze of creating a chemical-free apiary. The book appears
daunting, but is actually an easy read and will definitely open your
concepts you'd never considered.
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