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Eco-Libris: Voluntary Head-Tax on Books

by david pensato - Thursday, Jul 19, 2007 at 12:23pm

Lots of people have been talking about eco-libris since yesterday. The gist of the project is to counter the effect of book production on deforestation by asking people to donate $1 for every book they buy. The money then goes to tree-planting initiatives.

At first glance, it seems sensible. But there's a serious problem here with the message it sends. The implicit message here is that buying a book is somehow really bad for the environment, but that's not true. A bought book lives a very long life. When people buy books, they usually keep them around for a while. And then they pass them on or sell them. It's not buying books that's the problem, any more than buying a house is a problem; the problem is at the production end.

The problem is the grotesque way in which publishers over-print on a regular basis. The mass-market industry is particularly horrible in this respect. What really needs to happen is for some forward thinking publisher to rethink the way it handles the manufacturing end of their business. It would be fabulous if they reclaimed unsold books, pulp them and reuse the paper.

Categories: Discussions, buzz, websites

JPod is GO.

by david pensato - Thursday, Jul 19, 2007 at 11:25am

A while back, I mentioned in passing that Douglas Coupland's JPod was being adapted for television. There's now a date. JPod (13 episodes) will air beginning in January of '08.

Categories: buzz


Librarians, Archivists and Book Fetishists Rejoice!

by david pensato - Tuesday, Jul 17, 2007 at 8:14am

A small group from the Internet Archive has started a (for me, anyway) drool-worthy undertaking- the Open Library Project:

What if there was a library which held every book? Not every book on sale, or every important book, or even every book in English, but simply every book—a key part of our planet's cultural legacy.

I've been looking for something like this for a long time, and it looks like they're doing it right.

Categories: buzz, websites


Harlequin by Laurell K. Hamilton

by Kent Pollard - Friday, Jul 13, 2007 at 11:45am

With Harlequin Laurell K. Hamilton has finally pulled back from the precipice that threatened to see many of her loyal fans lost over the cliff.

Categories: Reviews


More Doctorow - Shetterly Love

by david pensato - Thursday, Jul 12, 2007 at 5:02pm

If Cory Doctorow didn't love Will Shetterly enough already, he certainly does now. Shetterly has released the full text of both Dogland and The Gospel of the Knife under a Creative Commons license.

Clearly a man after Cory's own heart.

Will Shetterly will be at our Saskatoon location on July 24 and in Winnipeg at our Grant Park location on July 25.

Categories: buzz, SciFi & Fantasy
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