Friday, 19 November 2010
This got me thinking about how green I am with my book choices. I'd like to think I do my bit environmentally; I recycle papers, plastics, tins, glass and food waste; I have a garden waste compost bin, I buy my milk from the milk man (with glass bottles and an electric delivery float), I always buy recycled notebooks, cards and so forth. But when it comes to books it would seem I'm pretty ignorant.
Number of new titles published annually in the U.S.: 172,000
Number of books produced annually in the U.S.: 4.15 billion
Number of books sold annually in the U.S.: 3.09 billion
Annual net sales of books in the U.S.: $23.9 billion
Annual net sales of e-Books in the U.S.: $313 million
Annual Revenue of European Book publishers: Euro 22.3 billion
Number of book publishers in the U.S.: over 80,000
Top 5 Book Formats: Trade paperback (35%), Hardcover (35%), Mass market paperback (21%), Audio (2%), E-book (2%), Other (5%).
Number of U.S. book publishers who signed the Book Industry Treatise on Responsible Paper Use initiated by the Green Press Initative to improve their ecological footprint: about 250
Market share of publishers with environmental policies in place and goals for increasing their recycled/FSC-certified paper usage: about half.
The number of trees that are cut down annually to produce the books sold in the U.S.: more than 30 million.
Percentage of recycled paper currently used by U.S. book publishers in the production of books: 5-10%
The carbon footprint of a book: 8.85 lbs, in cardbon dioxide terms.
The total carbon footprint of the book publishing industry: 12.4 million metric tons.
The biggest contributor to the industries footprint: using virgin paper.