Monday, February 9, 2009

A green publisher beats the recession!

Did all publishers do badly on 2008? Well, apparently not. GalleyCat reports that Chelsea Green Publishing, a publisher that is focusing on politics and the practice of sustainable living, actually had the best year ever!

I was very happy to read it as Chelsea Green Publishing is one of my favorite publishers, not only because of their great green books, but also because they walk the talk and exercise many green practices, including "printing 95 percent of our books on recycled paper with a minimum 30 percent post-consumer waste and aiming for 100 percent whenever possible."

The piece on GalleyCat referred to an interview with Margo Baldwin, the president and publisher of Chelsea Green Publishing, on Conversational Reading. This interview was part of an ongoing series of interviews with publishers on what the recession means for their business.

I found this interview fascinating and I warmly recommend reading it. Not only that you will learn about Chelsea Green Publishing and how they manage to thrive and grow in such economic environment, but also very interesting thoughts about the future of the book industry, publishers, bookstores, and so on.

What I found especially interesting was Baldwin's explanation on the connection between the topics of their books and their success in times of recession. Baldwin explains there that "Our books do very well in recessionary times. If you want to eat, you learn how to grow your own food. If you want a house, you can learn how to build it yourself. If you want to reduce your energy use, you can figure out how to harvest your own power. Survival is a wake up call and we have the books to educate people on that front. "

So don't miss this interview and for more information on Chelsea Green Publishing please visit their website that has become an excellent resource of sustainable living news (and be sure to check their great podcasts) -

Raz @ Eco-Libris