At TOC Frankfurt recently, I presented a brief outline of our Paperight project, which is in development. Essentially, Paperight aims to turn any copy shop (or print department) into an on-demand bookshop, by letting users buy the right to print a book out. At TOCF I met Christiane Schulzki-Haddouti, who’s put together an interview with me about Paperight, and has captured its features nicely. I particularly appreciate how she made sure I emphasised the social-impact side of Paperight:
Is Paperight a non-profit project?
No, Paperight is a business — we call it a social enterprise with a triple bottom line: financial, social, and environmental. We measure our success in these three ways, not only in financial profit. In addition to being profitable financially, we must make a social impact by increasing access to information, and an environmental impact by reducing the carbon footprint of shipping printed books. We must keep these three bottom lines in balance.