Batteries not included is AJ Venter‘s book :

“A selection of poems from up and coming South African author and poet A.J. Venter. A philosopher, programmer, free software and free culture advocate and above all human being, Venter writes about the world with honesty and integrity and publishes everything under creative commons licenses.”

AJ’s book is published under a Creative Commons license and is available at .

Click here to buy the book – a download version is also available.

AJ just got his ISBN number for the book which enables him to sell his book on

He says on his blog :

“One of the prices you pay for self-publication is that you do everything yourself, and things take longer to complete. Although batteries not included has been in print since May, it is only now that I have finally completed the process of getting an ISBN number assigned (that’s what you see above), which greatly increases it’s ease of availability. The book will be on from tomorrow, and will appear in the Bowker’s books in print database in about two weeks, from when you will be able to ask your local bookstore about getting you a copy. ….
….. Unfortunately, due to the cost passed on by outside distributors (a cost that comes out of my personal royalty), I was forced to increase the price just a litle (my orriginal royalty was in fact less than the cost of distribution), it’s not a huge increase, and it was unpreventable, so those of you who got early copies scored a little bit.

Either way, the idea of soon being able to order my own book in any bookstore in the world is just so seriously cool!!! ”

AJ used to “self-publish” his book:

Founded in 2002, Lulu is the web’s premier independent publishing marketplace for digital do-it-yourselfers. It’s the only place on the web where you can publish, sell and buy any and all things digital — books, music, comics, photographs, movies and well, you get the idea. We simply provide the tools that leave control of content in the hands of the people who created the content. You see, Lulu is a technology company, not a publisher. So you can use Lulu to publish and sell any kind of digital content, and no one here is going to ask you to change anything. Ever. Your vision is entirely YOURS. ( click to read more… )