Joseph Jenkins Inc.

Our Books and Publications

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We have been publishing since 1995

Our books have been published on numerous continents, been translated into numerous languages, and have received a multitude of awards.

Books by Joseph Jenkins

  • Slate Roof Bible 3rd Edition
    Slate Roof Bible
    3rd Edition, published June, 2016: Hardcover, full color, 374 pages, nearly 800 illustrations.
  • The Balance Point Book
    The Balance Point
    The Balance Point is a story of a search for something so mysterious that the main character doesn't even know what it is.
  • Slate Roofs 1926 by Jenkins
    Slate Roofs 1926
    This 132-page book is a reproduction of the original 84-page classic “Slate Roofs,” published in January 1926.

Best Sellers

The Humanure Handbook has sold at leat 70,000 copies.

Humanure Handbook 4th Edition

Humanure Handbook

4th Edition, "Shit in a Nutshell," 300 pages, 91 illustrations, indexed. ISBN-13: 978-0964425880. 6X9 paperback.

Also available as an E-Book. or Buy on Amazon.

Slate Roof Bible, 3rd Edition

Slate Roof Bible, 3rd Edition

Published June, 2016. Hardcover, full color, 374 pages, nearly 800 illustrations.

See Table of Contents. Read Page 1.

Also available as an E-Book. or Buy on Amazon.

Traditional Roofing Magazine
The Balance Point Book
Slate Roof Bible
Joseph Jenkins Facebook Author Page

Slate Roofs 1926
Humanure Handbook 4th Edition
Architecture and Techniques of Slate Roofing
Compost Toilet Handbook

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Joe began self-publishing when he turned his masters thesis into the non-fiction Humanure Handbook and published it in 1995. The first edition of the book was execrable, but it developed a life of its own and has gone on to sell 70,000 copies and be translated in whole or in part into 19 languages over three editions. The book has received numerous book awards and been mentioned on such places as the Wall Street Journal, Howard Stern, Playboy, NPR, BBC, CBC, etc.

About Us at Joseph Jenkins Inc.

We have 3 eccomerce sites at,, and We publish books. We provide consulting services in two unrelated fields (slate roofing, and composting), and we're launching a Slate Roof Training Center.


Joseph Jenkins Inc.

Address: 143 Forest Lane, Grove City, PA 16127 USA

Phone: 814-786-9085 or 814-786-7429

Fax: 814-786-8209

Open: 24/7 Online and usually M-F, 9-5, Eastern Time, or by Appointment


The Slate Roof Poem

by Philip Terman

Have you seen a slate roof glisten as the sun rounds the ridge?
Have you seen it shimmer in a splash of a sky full of stars?
Have you ever seen a close-up of slates interwoven on a roof like leaves
on a tree or the way slats of stones will seem to quiver in a creekbed,

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