Green Books Campaign: Fly by Wire

This review is part of the Green Books campaign. Today 100 bloggers are reviewing 100 great books printed in an environmentally friendly way. Our goal is to encourage publishers to get greener and readers to take the environment into consideration when purchasing books. This campaign is organized by Eco-Libris, a a green company working to green up the book industry by promoting the adoption of green practices, balancing out books by planting trees, and supporting green books. A full list of participating blogs and links to their reviews is available on Eco-Libris website.


A Reader's Respite often feels torn on the environmental issue.

On the one hand, we live in Seattle and as such we religiously recycle, reuse and are constantly looking for different ways to minimize our impact on this poor, abused planet of ours.

On the other hand, our day job requires us to get into a big ol' jet airplane and pollute the planet in a major way

our carbon footprint ain't exactly small, folks

But while we may not be able to control how much pollution our jet engines spew into the environment or whether or not the recycle peeps manage to actually pick up our carefully placed recycle bin this week, we can make an effort to buy environmentally-friendly books.

The book we chose for this project was Fly by Wire: The Geese, the Glide, and the "Miracle" on the Hudson, by William Langewiesche.

It's a very technical look at the water landing in the Hudson river and it's intended audience, as evidenced the the technical jargon present, is pilots and other aviation/engineering industry folks.

So we won't bore you with the technical details here. Trust us, your eyes would glaze over and you'd slip into a coma right on the spot, although for it's intended audience the book is well-written, at times humorous and always informative..

We will say, however, that the book was printed on FSC Certified Paper.

For those of you now saying "huh?" allow us to elaborate for you:

FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council. These peeps are a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the conservation of forests. FSC certified paper originates from FSC certified wood sources. This means that the wood (or pulp) that goes into the paper comes from companies that have the FSC stamp of approval. These companies utilize sustainable foresting practices which is an important part of saving our planet.

Many publishers note when their books are printed on FSC certified paper. Take a look and see if the book you are currently reading is "green."

Although most of us may not be able to run out and buy the newest, electric, environmentally-friendly car on the market or live in an area where recycling your waste is easy and affordable, we can make a conscious effort to buy green books. It's a small step, yes, but A Reader's Respite suspects we live in a world where every little bit counts.


  1. I definitely won't be reading that one!

  2. Yes we are tree huggers here in the Northwest aren't we? I'll look for the stickers but in the meantime I'll keep on going to the library too. Recycling the old-fashioned way :)

  3. Misfit - LOL, yes you are correct, that is indeed the old fashioned way. FWIW, I was at the grocery today and noticed that every single person in line brought their own bags with them. ;)

  4. I really enjoyed the posts here about the green books campaign, though this one is definitely too technical for me.

  5. I second that - I doubt I will be reading this one but bravo for using FSC paper.

  6. I think I'll pass on this one, but it's good to know that it works for the intended audience. I'm happy to be part of this campaign, too. We just have to do all we can, and I'm glad more publishers are becoming more eco-friendly.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  7. I guess I will have to trust you on this one, although that whole story amazes me. I'm not sure what Florida ranks as far as its green awareness, but we have recycled for a good 15 years. I take my own bags to the grocery story, and our school is majorly green. This Friday, they are not running the air cond. and all the kids are to bring their lunches in reusable containers.

  8. I like the idea of the green paper. My biggest fear when people use the words "green" and "books" in the same sentence is that it will have something to do with limiting the printing of books and I hate that idea! As for this particular book, I will take your word for it that it is too technical for me!

  9. That's true, every bit counts! But this book is nothing i would buy :(

  10. Sorry to hear that a topic so interesting was written in such a technical way. Very happy to know it was at least printed in a green way.

    We also posted reviews, check out Frogs are green and i-tees.

    Thanks for using the logo I designed for this event, by the way!

  11. I love the idea of environmentally-friendly books. I'll be passing on this one, though.

  12. Yes, every little bit does help. I gotta ease up on the plastic water bottles... hanging my head in shame.

  13. I participated in the Green Books Campaign too although I haven't found the time until now to read some of the other reviews. I can't imagine reading the book you chose but I'm glad you liked it.


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