The other day I wrote I hate books, in which I suggested we should move wholesale from printed to electronic media. Now today I’ve come across an interesting article about the turmoil of the publishing industry. It’s a long article, and interesting to read, but look at this snippet:
But first, a horror story. Debbie Stier, Miller’s No. 2 at HarperStudio (as this little imprint is called), has been collecting videos for their blog. “You want to see what happens to books after they go to book heaven?” she asks. On the screen of her MacBook, a giant steel shredder disgorges a ragged mess of paper and cardboard onto a conveyor belt. This is the fate of up to 25 percent of the product churned out by New York’s publishing machine.
[Via : The End.]
It’s so wasteful — all those resources used up to create and transport books ‘on spec’, only for them to end up being shredded.
There has to be a better way.
Link via Courtney on Twitter.