Each year we receive a Yellow Pages directory of businesses and a White Pages directory of individuals — the Phone Books.
I actually used last year’s phone book the other day — for the first time since it was delivered. Otherwise the 2 doorstops have simply cluttered up a shelf for 12 months. The sacrifice of a tree was for nothing.
I’ve thought for some time now that the automatic delivery of phone books should stop. I know some people still like them and want them, but I suspect there are many others, like me, who think they’re a waste.
So I was surprised today when I opened the package of new phone books that was delivered a week or two back. There were no longer 2 phone books, but 3!
The package now includes a third, smaller book titled “On the Go” that seems to be a smaller edition of the Yellow Pages. Do they think I’m going to carry it round town with me? Put it in my car and use it on the go? That’s what I have an iPhone for.
The costs of these phone books must be shocking: editors, paper, printers, transport, people to deliver them. It’s time for them to go.