Buzzword Bingo: Dead Trees
The Future of Dead Trees: A Rambling Essay about Books and Online Publication

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Ron Mader: It's time to discuss dead trees - namely bound books - and the people who write them.

When started in 1994 book reviews were a big part of content. Links to followed with a modest - very modest - income from that source. But something happened in the past 20 years ... I moved several times and book collecting looked less and less appealing. So I started requesting fewer review copies, stopped purchasing and started a re-evaluation you're reading here -- how can best promote regional and topical bibliographies.

It's 2017. Instead of massaging text into a 1-dimension format, could we be more adventurous?

There are major changes ahead as to how books are presented and this wiki. The fact is I haven't been accepting print review copies for some time and have basically abandoned the traditional bibliographies. In the back channel (email) I am in contact with a number of authors who are seeking out the electronic options. This essay is aimed at the authors and publishers ready to make the leap. Gift me an app. Or better yet ... help promote my app (coming soon!).

Part Two

John's (Eurapart) view is that books are more than dead trees. The carbon footprint of a paperback book is on average 1kg of CO2e. The same book printed on recycled paper with every copy being sold comes in at 400g CO2e (all CO2 figures courtesy of "How bad are bananas - The Carbon Footprint of Everything." by Mike Berners-Lee). Mike also reasons that reading books made from dead trees to have the added advantage of reducing unsustainable behaviour because you can't drive or shop while reading an old style book.

A dedicated e-book reader device is not a satisfactory alternative, as the carbon footprint is around 50 kg CO2e. Meaning you'd have to read 100 paperback books (bought new and sent for recycling) before the paper savings exceed the paperback tally. Reading books through an App on a smartphone or tablet won't be as carbon intensive, but the electricity consumption of the device and the footprint of the Cloud Servers would still need to be considered.

It is often quicker to navigate a paper book than an e-book. You can gift them to your descendants, unlike digital books where you only buy a personal licence to read. You can borrow them from libraries with ease, in fact unless you are going to reread or reference a book many times, this makes for reasonably sustainable use of reading material. Finally, they can be read almost anywhere where there is light, including in the bath.

E-books have their advantages, but their supply seems to be almost exclusively through mega corporations. John would like to see more effective options for self publishing that allows the created e-books to be read on smartphones.

Books whether paper, stone or digital are a key resource for anyone interested in living and travelling on our small planet. Is Ron's decision not to review paper books depriving us? We can after all order any book from our local library?



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The next book I buy should have the option of a recording read by the author.

I used to enjoy print books. I wrote a book or two and I still contribute to print magazines. Some of my best friends continue to write and sell dead trees. That said, I wish we could move along a bit. We are in the 2010s after all.

According to Alastair McKenzie, a 2013 World Travel Market Industry report released today shows that guide books are still popular with Brits.

More than half (55%) of the 1,001 UK holidaymakers surveyed had used a guide book, leaflet or app within the last 12 months for pre-trip research or during their stay.

It seems predictions that the hard copy guidebook is dead, are wide of the mark; 59% of holidaymakers (almost one in six) used a print guidebook on their summer holiday in 2013.. Two in five (41%) purchased their guidebook, while 18% borrowed the book from a friend or relative.

And, to brighten the day for print guidebook publishers and editors, the report found that guide books are considered a "key resource" by one in six (14%) of the UK public. By comparison newspaper travel sections and specialist travel magazines were thought to be "key" by 5% each.

Blogs however appear to be struggling to gain authority with only 3% viewing them as a key resource.

Among digital channels, Tripadvisor came out on top with 27% considering it a key resource.

What I find interesting is how many publishers have yet to figure out their readers are making use of multiple sources. Dead tree guidebooks certainly have their place, but they no longer have near monopoly status for holidaymakers. Would I purchase such a book? Certainly if it provided unique insight into a niche topic. Would I likely recycle it or gift it to someone instead of holding on to it as a souvenir? Yes, again.