Paper falls to dig­i­tal ease

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.’’

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