Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Is The Greenest Book

Tue, Jul 17, 2007

Current Affairs, Technology

To date, more than 325 million Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide. And it’s expected the new book will sell at least 55 million more, once its translations into French, German, Hebrew, Danish, Spanish and other languages are completed later this year or in early 2008.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be the first Harry Potter book to be printed on eco-friendly paper outside of Canada. Now and why is that? It turns out J. K. Rowling endorsed Canadian-based Raincoast Books’ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix edition, because it was printed on 100-per-cent post-consumer recycled, processed chlorine-free paper. Now Harry Potter publishers in 16 countries have printed or are going to print their editions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on eco-friendly paper. No publisher wants to get on Rowling’s bad side.

The Result

According to the “ecological savings chart” that is to be released by Greenpeace associated Markets Initiative today , a total of close to 200,000 trees worldwide will have been spared from destruction by the Potter industry - “that’s an area 2.5 times New York’s Central Park” - while almost 330 million litres of water will have been conserved - “enough water to fill 218 Olympic-sized swimming pools.”

It looks like “Harry Potter and the End of Trees” will be postponed.

Update: Another way to save the trees has just “emerged”. You can now download Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows through the BitTorrent network.

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