Paper falls to digital ease
The days of the printed phone book could be numbered.
Communications and Information Technology Minister and Environment Minister Amy Adams has announced households can now opt-out of receiving 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 from 2015.
‘‘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.
She says many New Zealanders appear comfortable with finding the information they need electronically, and do not require a printed directory.
There are also environmental benefits to be had in no longer printing a copy for each household.
‘‘If just five per cent of households opt out, that means there will be about 175,000 fewer books delivered every year.’’