Wednesday, October 24, 2007

One Book at a Time Potter Works to Save the Environment

I know there are people tired of hearing about JK Rowling and Harry Potter. I’m not one of them. I think it’s great that she’s had such success, although it’s hard to imagine that much money. I’m not a Potter fanatic, but I do like the books and have read all of them. And contrary to a friend of mine who thinks they’re poorly written, I don’t have a problem with them. They weren’t written to be literary classics, although I do believe they will be classics.

I say all this because I read a post in the Scotsman News about JK Rowling and the four comments on the post were all basically, I hate Rowling. That I don’t understand, especially since the post was about something she did that was good for the environment.

The last Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows, was the fastest selling book in history. It sold more than 11 million copies in the first 24 hours in Britain and the U.S. There are now 16 publishers around the world printing millions of the Harry Potter books.

How is this good for the environment? All of them were printed on “green” or eco-friendly paper. “In the UK, publishers Bloomsbury ensured the book was printed on 100 per cent ancient-forest friendly paper.” The Scotsman News also said: “It is estimated that the use of eco-friendly paper has saved at least 197,685 trees.”

Why would news like that draw out people saying how much they hate Rowling? Maybe because she won an award. “The Edinburgh author was awarded Canada's Order of the Forest during the final stop of her Open Book Tour in Toronto.”

I say, good for her. She has the money and the clout to make a difference. And she did.

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