How eBooks Will Change Publishing’s Environmental Footprint

coveronly.jpgWhat will the eBook revolution mean for the environmental footprint of publishers? Last week, eBookNewser caught up Rita Amladi, co-author of “Graphics Gone Green,” to get some practical tips for how publishers can set up an environment-friendly policy.

She began: “For trade publishers wanting to go digital, this is the time to plunge into eBooks. Your readers are tech-savvy and keen to read on computers, mobile devices, and eBook Readers. You can monitor ROI by setting up an additional platform (in addition to hardcover and paperbacks), or a separate division for digital-only books.”

Amladi concluded: “There’s something very redeeming about going paperless with an eBook. The author, editors, and book designers can conduct the entire book review cycle online, saving tons of resources and shipping charges. Once complete, it can be distributed electronically in no time, without any printing and warehousing hassles or environmental waste. What’s not to like? Once the DRM issues are laid to rest, there will be very few arguments left about the financial viability of eBook publishing.”

Full disclosure: “Graphics Gone Green” was an exhibitor at the eBookSummit last year.