Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Happy Earth Day!
One of my new year’s resolutions for this year (whoa—when did it become April?!?!) is to try to be more green—look into ways to conserve energy, even on a small level. I grew up in a house that was very big into recycling, and it’s something I continue to do each day. And while I have to drive to the SB office every day, I’m attempting to slow down (attempting is the key word) in my fuel efficient vehicle. However, publishing is still very much a “paper-based” business. More and more, many of our processes are turning to virtual and online modes, but sometimes, when I look at the amount of paper I work with everyday, it’s unsettling!
One thing that Sourcebooks is doing, though, is publishing books on how to be green. We’ve had two come out in the past year: Green Chic and The Green Bride Guide, very cool, fun and PRACTICAL books on going green. They cover all budgets, all lifestyles, are super cute and even better—they’re printed on 100% recycled paper!
Something that seems to be popping up everywhere are electronic books and readers. Now, I’m one for holding an actual book in my hands, smelling those new book smells and turning actual pages, but I’m intrigued by the Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone Apps, even e-books that are downloadable to your computer. I wonder—how many of you use these, and what are your thoughts on their impact on the industry? Sourcebooks is definitely now planning on many books being Kindle-ready, and most are available as e-books (Our very own Sharon had the #1 selling e-book from Sourcebooks for a time, before we printed her book :-) )… I think, in recent years, especially with the recent departure of book sections and reviewers to the web, that these electronic versions lend themselves well to a select amount of your intended audience. What if, one day, the paper book as we know it goes away completely? I don’t think that will happen anytime soon, but I do think, as I mentioned in my last blog, that as the publishing industry evolves, so should we… Interesting…
Happy Earth Day! What are you doing to go green today?