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Fall 2020


Publishers and publishing, Global environmental change -- Social aspects, Book industries and trade


The purpose of this study is to explore eco-publishing in the book industry with an interdisciplinary approach: I will address eco-trends in human movements and essential industries; provide an overview of the book industry’s recent efforts to determine their environmental impact; and explore eco-publishing in practice by presenting findings from a case study of Patagonia Books featuring an interview with their publisher Karla Olson. This analysis of environmentalism on a broad scale gives us the ability to see how trends outside the industry may affect how we define the goals of publishing, and of particular publishing houses. Patagonia Books is unique in their modeling because they are housed within Patagonia’s larger outdoors and apparel business. While the differences between Patagonia Books and more traditional publishing houses will be recognized, these differences allow us to examine what has become a bold testing ground for eco-publishing. By combining these study methods, three main reasons emerge to answer the question: Why should a publishing house consider becoming an eco-publisher? For all stakeholders in publishing, this paper will demonstrate why further interdisciplinary research and collaboration is needed to make the option of eco-publishing both effective and accessible throughout the industry


Paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Writing: Book Publishing.

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