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Rethinking Paper & Ink: The Sustainable Publishing Revolution

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Rethinking Paper & Ink offers a critical examination of the book publishing industry and discusses ways to achieve more sustainable practices. Through extensive research and experience in the industry, the authors present ideas on sustainability within the book-making process, reviewing the environmental impacts of acquisitions and editing, design and printing, marketi ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Ooligan Press
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Kento Ikeda
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Rethinking Paper and Ink is a useful starting point in thinking about issues of sustainability in book publishing, and a useful overview of the entire life cycle of the book. The information presented is United States-centric, and some figures are getting to be out of date, but most of the information would still be of interest to anyone interested in issues of sustainability or those interested in the publishing field.

There are a couple curious choices, or at least, missed opportunities. Readin
May 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The following is the essay I wrote for school about Rethinking Paper & Ink. I work for Ooligan Press, so I'm biased in thinking this is an excellent book. But seriously, it is!

The biggest hurdle to a more sustainable publishing industry is the sheer multitude of changes needed in the print production process. Rethinking Paper & Ink talks a lot about small changes, presenting the options in the hope that they will nudge the industry towards sustainability, one publisher and one book at a
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After I was admitted to the Book Publishing Program at Portland State University, as I mulled whether this was the way I wanted to spend the next two years of my life, I did a lot of research. I spoke with faculty and I sought out opinions from alumni, and while those were reassuring, it may have been this little book that made me ultimately decide that this was the program for me.

There are many wonderful things about it. The PSU grad students who wrote the book, Jessicah Carver and Natalie Guid
Amy Narneeloop
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: publishers, self publishers, writers
There's a great list of resources in the back of this book; that's the best thing about it.

The book itself could be about two-thirds shorter. I'm probably wishing it were something it didn't set out to be, which isn't really fair. I thought it would either be a best practices guide to being more sustainable in publishing (which it does seem to try to be at times; there are resources for it, and it does give some general pointers) or a theoretical essay about the problem (which it also tries to d
Oct 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Rethinking Paper & Ink: The Sustainable Publishing Revolution is a solid and approachable study to sustainable publishing. It looks at one of the many challenges facing publishers in the twenty-first century: how to limit excessive use of finite resources, and does so with clear insight into the issues involved. That said, I wish the book contained more substantial references for further reading, and had a longer term in mind when presenting solutions to the problem of sustainable publishing ...more
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A great book for the ongoing discussion of what sustainability means in todays world, specifically in this wonderful industry of books. I especially like their points about e-books: awesome they may be, but not as sustainable as we'd like to think (this coming from the happy owner of a Nook).

Mainly, this book approaches sustainability as a process, a constantly shifting journey, instead of a be-all and end-all. RPI gives information from the large to the small, whether you're worried about keep
Cade Hoover
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was thoroughly impressed by Rethinking Paper & Ink: The Sustainable Publishing Revolution. As someone who is very passionate about books ( I begin wiggling my way into the book publishing world), I've always worried about the massive affects/waste being created as an after thought. Slowly, but surely, the direction book publishing needs to take is a sustainable one. As a novice with the publishing discourse, I found this book very approachable. It's shocking how unsustainable digital ...more
Hilary Louth
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Rethinking Paper and Ink is an interesting book about ways to incorporate sustainable resources in publishing. Though the writing can be a bit dry and the language overwhelming (there are multiple definitions for words in the margins of every page), the overall message is comprehensive, although it does not go into excessive detail. It succinctly presents each problem and mentions the best practices in the industry. This book is not an in-depth look at any one area, but it is a good introduction ...more
Poppy Milliken
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most comprehensive overviews of the changing nature of the publishing industry available. If publishing is going to evolve, people in the industry need to really understand what it is that is shifting in book production and how they can use these changes to make their business stronger.
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