By Richard Charkin | @RCharkin
The Climate-Action Message: ‘Do It Now’I attended Frankfurter Buchmesse‘s second International Publishers Association (IPA) Sustainability Summit.
Last year, there were some one-dozen participants. This year there ,were at least 50, a reflection on the growing concern for climate action throughout the publishing industry.
Michiel Kolman led the meeting. Ideas for reducing our carbon footprints abounded, but the takeaway message was ‘Do it now.’
I’m running my own campaign to persuade media organizations to stop demanding finished review copies of narrative books. Why not review the final version of a book as a PDF? It would save the cost of the book and the cost of postage. And it would be quicker. Of course, the reviewer wouldn’t then have a copy to sell on eBay.
Then it was off to the oompah-band birthday party for the opening of Wiley’s Partner Solutions initiative. CEO Brian Napack gave an inspiring speech about the importance of all parts of our industry working together. I think we all believe this but Wiley seems to be actually doing it now.
And finally, there was a dinner at which we had a debate about the problems of the world, including a number of sensitive issues such as attitudes to sexuality, race, inequality, political correctness, greenwashing, publishing challenges and much else.
As Publishing Perspectives readers know, Richard Charkin, our columnist and an international advisory board member of Frankfurter Buchmesse, is giving us updates on his impressions this week during Frankfurt 2022.
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