It seems with the new green movements that are ripping across all aspects of industry, books would be a sore spot. But really, books are doing their part too.
Most publishers look to recycled these days, and as a bonus, the paper is also what most writers and publishers want. the soft earthiness and general quality as actually fashionable, specifically when it comes to fantasy novels, or history based topics.
Along with using recycled papers, authors are tending toward the ease and immediacy of email submissions. whether or not the editors and agents are able to read long period on the computer is still a debate, but with the release of the easy to read kindle that is gaining immense popularity with the help of Oprah, we can experience a well lit eye easing experience while being able to buy a book quickly, and from the comfort of your home.
Aside from paper, there is also the e-book. I am still a skeptic, and a little nervous about sending out my books via email to the fragile and predictable world of file sharing. It seems we have some new found tricks however, some being rather ingenious such as printing the buyers credit card information on the bottom of every page in the uneditable PDF.
Genius, that was a new one for me.
So really, it seems the literary world is coming around to the ways of the GREEN. I just hope we can encourage the controlled use of paper in your own writing endeavors. don’t print out every draft, but do be sure to back it up as much as possible. I like to send mine to my own email.
and when it comes to editors try to use one that has access to Adobe professional, or one that you trust enough to send the actual word doc for correction.
best of luck to us all, an happy times breathing clean air!