Books to build
a new society

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About Us

New Society Publishers has been publishing books to build a new society for over 30 years. We are an activist, solutions-oriented publisher focused on bringing you tools for a world of change. We help you to know the talk, and walk the talk. Our books are packed with:

  • ideas on the cutting edge
  • analysis that's hard to find
  • inspiration for the daily struggle, and
  • practical tools to change the world.

New Society Publishers’ mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a manner that models this vision.



Gathering the Threads

See this video of Judith Plant, Co-founder and Publisher Emeritus, telling the story of New Society Publishers from its beginnings in the social activist movement in the U.S. to it's present state as one of the few publishers that publish books which contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society.


Meet Our Team

Judith Plant is Co-founder and Publisher Emeritus. 

Chris Plant previously served as Chief Editor and Copublisher. Sadly, Kip passed away in July 2015.
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Environmental Commitments

to date,
we have saved

15643 Trees

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New Society Publishers is an activist, solutions-oriented publisher focused on publishing books as tools to help build a new society. Our books offer tips, tools, and insights from leading experts in sustainable building, homesteading, climate change, environment, conscientious commerce, renewable energy, and more — positive solutions for troubled times.


Our History

New Society Publishers’ roots are firmly in the activist soil of both the United States and Canada. In the US, a Philadelphia office first emerged from the Movement for a New Society during the anti-Vietnam war, offering Americans nonviolent, civil disobedience training. From this work grew the need for a publishing house, and New Society Publishers was created in the late 1970s with a mandate to publish books for nonviolent social change.

New Society Publishers’ Canadian office had its origins in British Columbia's food co-op movement of the early 1970s and the bioregional movement which began in the '80s. Known as The Catalyst Education Society, it began life in an off grid homestead in the mountains near Lillooet, BC. The fax machine was powered by microhydro, and more often than not, typesetting of The New Catalyst magazine which it published was done by candlelight.