“Publications and print are not mass mediums but eroticised, collectible items; discreet, political, post-humanist acts. A publication today, in print form, can only be experimental, not commercial." - Ahmad Makia.
Errant Books is an online bookstore based in the UK specialising in unlikely guides, beautiful books and consciousness shifting artifacts.
Gathered here is a selection of independently made and published books that celebrate creativity, unquenchable curiosity and the joy of discovery and connection. These improbable yet brilliant books include guides for better living, meditative photography, art to give you pause and writing to reflect upon.
Books as creative acts that somehow came into being, miraculously, against the odds, which I realise is a way of inferring that all things in the world and the cosmos, including you and your wildest ideas and creations are potentially miraculous too.
If we’re not quite ready to follow our instinctive desire to simply melt into cosmic union with the forests and the universe, then we might be able to spend a bit of the time we have exploring and pursuing open-ended excursions into reading, following loose threads of ideas, looking slowly, dwelling in someone else's thoughts: I reckon all of this helps us move toward a feeling of purpose and wholeness.
Thankyou for your support of independent bookselling, small scale publishing and all the creative geniuses whose books I adore to find, share and sell.
Read all night, dream all day.
Simon Armstrong, Errant Books.