As many of you know, I spent most of last year and the first few months of this year researching and writing my book: Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too (Skyhorse). The Kindle version of the book is available NOW, and the hardcover edition can be pre-ordered. In this post, I’m going to explain:
1) How the book is made and why I’m so excited about its content
2) The differences between the hardcover and Kindle versions (besides the obvious)
3) How you can order the book completely plastic-free without plastic packaging materials
4) How you can earn some money through your website by helping to spread the word about this book
Okay, here we go…
Plastic-Free Book is Beautifully Plastic-Free
From the very beginning, my editor at Skyhorse, Joseph Sverchek, was committed to producing this book without plastic. There were some challenges, but he thinks he has succeeded. Check out the Editor’s Note inside the front of the book:
Did you notice that this snippet from the book is blue? That’s because the book is a beautiful 4-color design with photos and tip boxes and highlights in various colors. I am so impressed with the layout of this book, and that’s not bragging because I had nothing to do with it. All the credit belongs to the designer at Skyhorse, who worked to make this book not only useful and readable but really attractive as well.
But even though it’s pretty, this is no lightweight book. It was a challenge to balance inspiring stories, useful resources, and practical tips with hardcore information about the problems with plastic, the facts about recycling, the differences among bioplastics and the impacts of the various kinds, the truth about silicone, and why we can’t buy our way out of the mess that we’re in. I spoke to lots of experts and activists, and I hope I have done their work justice.
What’s also exciting about the book is that it’s filled with tips from you, the plastic-free community. Throughout the book I have made sure to give credit where credit is due, not only to acknowledge the people whose ideas are presented book but also to show the world that I am not a lone voice but that there is a growing community of people all working to live with less plastic and sharing their solutions and ideas. My hope is that this is a book you will want to share with your friends and family who may not read blogs or who may not have thought as much about these issues as you guys have.
Hardcover vs. Kindle
The main difference between the hardcover and Kindle versions is that the Kindle version of Plastic-Freeis available right now! You can download it from Amazon.com and read not only on your Kindle, but also your iPad, iPhone, or even Android phone after installing the Kindle app. (The Nook version is coming.)
Other advantages to the electronic version of the book is that it’s searchable, depending on your app, and that it contains live URLs, which makes visiting the sites I mention in the book very easy. What’s more, if you already own an e-reader of some kind, you will be saving resources by downloading instead of purchasing yet another thing.
Disadvantages are that you miss out on some of the beautiful formatting of the hardcover book. Let’s face it, the electronic version is just not as pretty. And you also lose the ability to pass along the book to share with a friend.
If you want to be really eco-friendly, ask your local library to order the book so lots of people can enjoy it. (Of course, they will probably cover it in plastic to protect it. *Sigh*)
Plastic-Free Book Shipped in Plastic-Free Packaging
Many of us have had the disheartening experience of ordering a book from Amazon.com and having it arrive in a plastic bubble mailer. I don’t want that for my book, so I have teamed up with Doug Farquhar of buyGreen.com to sell and ship my book plastic-free. When you order Plastic-Free via buyGreen.com, the price will be a little higher than from the giants Amazon and Barnes & Noble (although we have included a discount), but you’ll know that you are not only guaranteed to get the book without plastic, but also that a higher percentage of the proceeds will come back to me to support my work.
Earn Money Through Your Website
Another cool thing Doug and I have done is to include the book in buyGreen’s Share-a-Sale affiliate program for people who want to promote the book through their websites. The program pays 10%, which is more than you would earn through Amazon. If you are already a Share-a-Sale affiliate, simply add buyGreen (on the Share-a-Sale site, they are listed as ID: 14061 | Green Retail and Wholesale, LLC) to your list of vendors. I have uploaded some banner ads that you can post on your sidebar, or you can use your own images with your affiliate link as long as they are relevant, obviously.
If you don’t already have an affiliate account, but you do have a website and are interested in participating, the first step is to sign up with Share-a-Sale. Contact me if you have questions and I can walk you through the process.
Please Help Spread the Word
The hardcover book is not due out until June, but I really want to start drumming up interest now. Feel free to share this information via Social Media. The more pre-orders we receive before the publication date, the higher the book’s rank will be on the day it comes out!