Printed phone book now optional
The days of the printed phone book could be numbered.
Communications and Information Technology Minister and Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced households can choose not to receive a phone book from 2015.
Ms Adams has told Yellow, the company which publishes the phone books, it can offer households the ability to opt out of receiving the book.
‘‘In an increasingly digital age, it makes sense to offer people a choice about whether they still want to receive a printed phone book,’’ she says. Many New Zealanders appeared comfortable with finding information electronically, and did not need a printed directory.
There were also environmental benefits in no longer printing a copy for each household.
‘‘If just 5 per cent of households opt out, that means there will be about 175,000 fewer books delivered every year,’’ Ms Adams said.