towards sustainable publishing (fwd)
carola at santamarta.cetcol.net.co
Fri Nov 1 05:07:40 EST 1996
This message is to alert everybody.
There is a virus in the e-book "toward sustainable publishing" so if you
get it trow it away!!!!!
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Date: 30 Sep 96 13:57:49 EDT
From: martin charter <101336.3560 at compuserve.com>
To: BlindCopyReceiver: ;
Subject: towards sustainable publishing
Towards Sustainable Publishing by Dr Martin Woodhouse
This report compares the total environmental impact of a book
created on a diskette (e-book) for reading from the screen with
that of the identical book printed traditionally on paper. The
book chosen for comparison is a novel -- "The Harp That Once" --
by Patrick Hall -- which has 220 pages in paper form, and 260
pages when published "Illumination" format on diskette.
The report uses Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to compare the overall
impacts of the manufacture, use, and disposal of these two items.
It discusses in detail the difficulties, both practical and
conceptual, encountered when setting up this calculation. Despite
these difficulties, it shows that the conclusion it reaches is
a valid one; which is that, for identical books and documents,
publishing electronically on diskette has far less environmental
impact than doing so on paper.
Apart from its immediate application, "Towards Sustainable
Publishing" is intended as an introduction to the more general
field of assessing comparative environmental impacts, a
discipline which is of rapidly growing importance for
environmental managers and product designers.
For a free copy of the e-book "Towards Sustainable Publishing",
please re-email your full postal address.
Martin Charter, Director, Eco-Innovations Publishing (an imprint
of Epsilon Press Ltd)
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