Early in June, the BookExpo America took place in LA with many session this year on going green. Seems the publishing industry is trying to be greener by using more recycled paper in their books (aiming for 30-percent use of recycled paper – right now around 13%) as well as sustainable packaging. They are also marketing e-books/readers (though the sales are still down for this product for many reasons) and producing their catalogs in electronic form. A huge use of paper is still used with advanced reader copies but some companies (such as netGalley) are trying to make these available digital for download instead.
For more info:
- Business Week article “Turning Over a New Leaf…”
- Environmental Leader article “Publishing Industry Writes Sustainability Story“
- Green Press Initiative Web site