Books provide a window into other people’s thoughts and emotions because they feel solid in your hands. A buddy, a confidant, a teacher, or while reading before night. Taking it to the park. a traditional custom that transports us to a more carefree age before screens. Even the fragrance of books is distinctive; it is the smell of astonishment.
However, books have a carbon footprint just like anything else created by humans.
The Society of Authors (SoA) has started a new campaign to offer authors encouragement and suggestions for how to approach their publishers regarding the sustainability of their books. The project, called Tree to Me, aims to ensure that authors are involved in the effort to reach net zero in the publishing sector.
It is doable, and I’m quite proud to have written a sustainable book. But for it to be the rule rather than the exception, authors must be able to communicate with publishers about their environmental impact in a straightforward and open manner. According to Piers Torday, author and chair of the SoA’s Sustainability Steering Committee, in a news release from the SoA, Tree to Me gives them the beginning kit to accomplish just that.
Ten questions are provided by Tree to Me for writers to ask their publishers regarding the paper, dust jackets, hardcovers, ink, packaging, and energy sources utilized to produce and distribute their books. In order to make supply chains greener, the questions are aimed to spark debates about sustainability and the climate problem.
I had no control over the paper or finishes of my book because I was a self-published author utilizing print-on-demand. In the news announcement, Sophie Galleymore Bird, author, and member of the SoA Sustainability Steering Committee stated, “Once I became aware of the impact of virgin paper pulp on the climate and biodiversity crises, I felt I had no choice but to withdraw the paperback from a sale.
” I’m thrilled to be a member of Tree to Me and the SoA’s Sustainability Steering Committee, and I hope the improvements writers advocate for will assure a thriving publishing sector for years to come.
Each industry, including publishing, has a duty to examine and modify its practices as part of the worldwide effort to reduce planetary warming as much as feasible.
The press release claims that publishers’ answers to the questions will provide a picture of their present business procedures and how they want to improve them in the future.
The Tree to Me campaign, which aims to improve communication on this crucial issue, has the [Association of Authors Agents (AAA)]’s enthusiastic support. In addition to the fact that the information provided can be perplexing and overwhelming, we are also aware that our member agencies and their clients’ clients’ clients care profoundly about sustainability.
According to Claire Wilson, vice president of the AAA, “We are thrilled that the ten questions at the center of this campaign will enable authors and agents to better work in partnership with their publishers toward a more sustainable future.”
Authors can contribute to highlighting the significance of publishers adopting accountability for the environmental impact of the books they produce because of their position in the industry. Authors can inform their audience about the advancements their publishers are making as they begin to implement the necessary changes to improve the sustainability of their publications.
The SoA collaborated to establish the Sustainability Industry Forum with the Booksellers Association, Publishers Association, Independent Publishers Guild, Book Industry Communications, and the AAA. It is the first time that all book industry groups have worked together with the express purpose of fostering open communication to increase transparency and accountability, share best practices, and lessen duplication of effort in an effort to address the climate issue.