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Back cover of Colin Winnette's Haints Stay, Two Dollar Radio, with Marquis environmental certification

2015 was a year of milestones for us at Two Dollar Radio, between book-sales, movie releases, and celebrating our 10-year anniversary, a lot transpired this year. One of these milestones happened very quietly.

Anyone who picked up one of our 2015 releases will notice an environmental stamp on the back cover. After years of printing our books with one of the largest operators in the U.S. - nay, the World! - we transitioned to working with a printer in Canada called Marquis.

We were really happy with how the books looked before, with the french flaps and deckle edge they were always classy, and the printer was also professional and prompt. Repeatedly - probably once a year - we would re-address the question of recycled paper options with them: there were none. We were told that until the Simon & Schusters and Penguin Random Houses of the world asked for recycled paper options, we were beholden to paper stock that those publishers elected to use. But don't worry, we were told, they're coming around. Apparently, very, very slowly.

Back cover of Carola Dibbell's The Only Ones, Two Dollar Radio, with Marquis Livre environmental certification stamp

When we went to print Binary Star, Sarah Gerard asked if our paper stock was recycled. Well, no, we had to say. Though we've asked repeatedly, our printer won't carry recycled paper options and we don't have the clout to order paper ourselves in bulk.

We decided to do a bit more research, this time casting a wider net, and ended up with Marquis. While I do miss the deckle edges on books and we do have to pay more for shipping, Marquis does phenomenal work, and now even our galleys are printed using recycled paper content.

Marquis Livre environmental certification stamp, Two Dollar Radio

Posted by Eric Obenauf on 28 December, 2015 Marquis, Printer, Recycled Paper | 0 comments
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