Harry Potter Book 6 - can Harry save ancient forests?
The English language edition of 'Harry Potter and the
Half-BloodPrince' hits the bookstores on 16 July. The good guys are
the Canadianand German publishers for printing the book on
ancient forest friendly papers.Bloomsbury, the UK publisher of
Harry Potter, has also made some goodprogress, and the Italian and
Israeli editions are also expected tojoin the forces of good when
the translations are published in theautumn.
Canadian Publisher Raincoast Books has once again set a positive
trendfor Harry Potter publishers worldwide in helping to save
ancientforests. Raincoast are living up to their commitment to
print alltheir titles on ancient forest friendly paper and have
printed theCanadian edition of Harry Potter on 100 percent
Muggles for ancient forests!
Print runs for Harry Potter are so huge that this kind of effort
reallydoes make a difference. The good news is, other publishers
aroundthe world have met the standard
set by Raincoast in 2003, and are also publishing on Ancient
Forest Friendly paper.
The German edition published by Carlsen will be printed on 40
percent post-consumer recycled paper and 60 percent Forest Stewardship Council
(FSC)certified virgin fibre. The UK edition, published by
Bloomsbury,is expected to be printed on a 30 percent FSC certified
paper - apositive first step by the publishing house. Publishers in
Spain andthe Netherlands are still deciding which paper to use.
The publisher that should not be named
However, not all publishers are following this trend.
Lessprogressive Harry Potter publishers like Scholastic in the USA
have notresponded to the challenge, and in fact ignored the 12,400
emails fromcustomers who asked it to print 'Harry Potter and the
Half BloodPrince' on ancient forest friendly paper. It seems they
haven't beenusing Professor Trelawney's crystal ball enough.
"The US publisher Scholastic is one of the largest Harry
Potterpublishers globally," said our resident book wizard Judy
Rodrigues. "Ifthey had printed the book on 100 percent recycled
paper, likeRaincoast, its 10.8 million print run could have saved
Not only has Scholastic missed out on helping to save ancient
forests ,it looks like they might have missed out on financial
savings too, withthe BBC and New York Times reporting that some US
Potter fans arethinking of buying
their editions from Canada.
Harry at a glance
So, how does your Harry Potter publisher stack up?
We've made it easy to tell with the Hogwarts Publishers Honour
5 lightning bolts
- Thepublisher is truly at Harry level and working for good.
They areprinting 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' on 100
percentancient forest friendly paper, and have even committed to
printingother books on this paper too.
4 lightning bolts
- Thepublisher has made good progress but isn't quite at
Hermione levelyet. They have made some good progress though and
are printing'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' on at least
partiallyancient-forest friendly paper.
3 lightning bolts
- Thepublisher has made commitments to printing on ancient
forest friendlypaper. They are a bit like Ron Weasly - good
intentions, butstill some way to go.
If the publisher has no lightning bolts
,they have made no effort and are a bit like Malfoy - they might
saythey are using ancient forest friendly paper, but have shown us
What can you do?
Join the muggles for Ancient Forests!
Have you pre-ordered Harry Potter?
If so, check what publisher your copy is from. If it's not from
a forest-friendly publisher, you could:
1. Change your order and
order a Canadian edition - especially if you are in the US!
2. Submit feedback to where you ordered it from, for example
Amazon.com, that next time you'd prefer the book to be printed
on 100 percent ancient forest friendly paper.
Haven't bought Harry Potter yet?
Consider buying a Canadian edition of the book, printed by
Raincoastbooks, which is on 100 percent Ancient Forest Friendly
Ifyou're going to buy 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince', make sure yourcopy is Ancient Forest friendly!
Buy a forest-friendly edition of Harry Potter!
If you're going to buy 'Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince', make sure your copy is Ancient Forest friendly!
Work some magic!
Help us work some magic to save ancient forests.