Looking to India ?? book recycling and capitalism in balance.

June 2, 2009

What port or major city in India has a thriving used book Market.?

The Idea is to ship hard to recycle books , made from groundwood, to an economically challenged country which speaks and reads in english.

The first step in recycling is to “reduce” so there is less to recycle in the first place. Second to “re-use” so the intended purpose of a book is realized over and over again. Third to recycle the fiber.

India seems an ideal candidate-

There are over 200 languages / dialects in India, however, the English language ties most of the population together in commerce and law. And since India has begun the “enlightenment” of throwing off the disabling effects of socialism, there should be more capital available for them to make a positive impact on costs, such as shipping. The possibility of an entrepreneurial approach of a thriving used book market could be encouraged, causing dispersion of books throughout the population, while generating positive economic effects, such as wealth creation, money for education and ultimately, local support for libraries with cold hard rupee’s?

Let’s say a container of books arrives at a warehouse, scores of small independent “book mongers” pick up a cart full and disperse to sell them, coming back the next “market day” to re-stock. Just like fish or produce.

A paper recyler in the area could make as much revenue from the wholesale of the books as in the fiber, with the “book mongers” bringing paper back on their return trips.

Perhaps this economic activity already exists and awareness needs to be gained?

Brett Bringardner
http://www.book-recycling.com

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2 Responses to “Looking to India ?? book recycling and capitalism in balance.”

  1. Uday said

    Brett,

    It is an interesting idea to recycle these books, but it might be difficult to sell these English language books especially in India, where there are so many languages and dialects as you pointed out in your post. I currently market handmade paper from India that is made 100% from cotton waste. Perhaps, these books can be shredded and made into to other products like cards, paper, etc. This is more of a recycling/upcyling effort. But I hear that the current business climate in India is such that established businesses are not able to get credit in these touch markets. Feel free to contact me if you like to discuss this further.

  2. The freight costs may outweigh the value of the books. There is a reusable/resale book market domestically. In addition, many book manufacturers want their books shredded. There are some domestic paper mills that can take shredded books.

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