Book Publishers

Good between the covers

Canadian book publishers have been blazing a trail that leads out of forest destruction and towards conservation of Canada’s and the world’s ancient and endangered forests. Showing vision and innovation, more than 100 Canadian book publishers, in collaboration with Canopy, have committed to safeguard forests and biodiversity around the world. How? By eliminating their use of papers originating from Canada’s and the world’s ancient and endangered forests. In doing so, they have become champions both of Canada’s culture and environment by showing us all how to be “good between the covers”.

Page-turning success transforming book publishing

Canopy is best known as the organization behind the greening of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. By the time the last Potter book rolled off the press in 2007, it was (printed on ecopapers in 24 countries – link) The Canopy – Harry Potter legacy: hundreds of thousands of trees from the world’s endangered forests left standing, a generation of Potter fans inspired, and book publishing changed forever.

Since then, Canopy has innovated further in the book publishing sector, facilitating straw paper editions of authors recent works, including Munro’s Nobel Prize winning volume, Dear Life. In 2001, Munro stopped the presses after learning from Canopy that was being printed on virgin forest fibre. Munro called her publisher and it became the first major title by a prominent literary figure to be printed on 100 percent recycled paper! Alice’s support for the recycled paper back in 2001 led to it becoming part of the norm for book publishing in North America.

Book publishers have also played critical roles in safeguarding endangered species habitat by engaging their suppliers directly about their on-the-ground practices and made important contributions to landmark conservation initiatives such as the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement.

Contact us for more information on how Canopy works in Book Publishing.
Learn more about Canopy’s work in the Book Publishing sector and take action:

  • Join global publishing leaders like Penguin-Random House, Harlequin, Scholastic and develop an endangered forest policy.
  • Support Canopy’s work to ensure that when you curl up with your next book, it’s really good between the covers. Purchase signed, special edition copies of Dear Life and Life of Pi. Proceeds will help Canopy protect the world’s forests, species and climate.