Friday, June 12, 2009

Share with us what you're reading this summer and you can win great reusable bags!

We started yesterday a new series on our blog - 'My Summer Reading', where our partners in the book industry will present throughout the summer their choices and recommendations for books that are just perfect for the summer.

Our first guests were the publisher Christian Valentiner of the Norwegian publishing house Flux
and Avrim Topel, co-author of "Green Beginnings".

You're welcome to follow these summer updates every Thursday on our blog. And we are also interested to hear what your summer reading recommendations are and invite you tho share them on our Facebook group's wall (at the middle of our Facebook group's homepage).

We also have great prize for the first 3 members that will add their summer reading recommendations on the wall - a set of Joey Totes (, which are durable and convenient reusable bags designed to help people move away from disposable bags. Made from rip-stop nylon, Joey Totes can hold up to 40 pounds each, are machine washable and stow into a tiny built-in pouch that easily fits into a purse or coat pocket.

Each one of the 3 winners will receive a set of 3 reusable bags (see photo above) - 1 Big Joey and 2 Regular Joeys. You can of course use them also to carry your books with you when you go to the park or to the beach :)

Link to our Facebook group:


Raz @ Eco-Libris

Free (and green) alternative for book lovers at three European airports

Have you ever planned to pack a book for a flight, but forgot it in the last minute? And what happens if you're in a mood for reading at the airport but you already finished the one you brought with you?

A new initiative of Oneworld alliance, which is both free and green, provides you with a solution! Springwise reports that starting this month, travellers passing through Brussels, Milan Malpensa and Rome Fiumicino airports can download three audiobooks for free.

The process is very simple -when you travel through one of these three airports, simply log on to the airport wifi signal and enter the following URL (free access):

Then you can download audiobooks to your laptop, smartphones or PDA—any device that connects to the airports' wifi networks. You can pick from forty titles, covering fiction, business, society and travel; available in English, Dutch, French and Italian.

This is a great initiative, as it provides customers with a valued service at no charge and it's also eco-friendly as these are audio books, which is one of the greenest forms of books, especially when you're using your laptop for that matter.

You can of course argue that if you have Kindle or any other eBook reader device it will give you a much better solution. BUT firstly not everyone have it as it's still expensive, second not everyone like to read from an eBook device reader and last but not least, it might not be such an eco-friendly solution as we don't know yet if eBooks readers are better for the environment (you can find more about it at

One more kudos to Oneworld, a global alliance that brings together ten of the world's biggest and best airlines - all travellers, whether Oneworld customers or not, can use this service.

Raz @ Eco-Libris