Feb 6, 2012

Ban the Book!

While we still have a ways to go before the white pages phone book can truly Rest in Peace, as you will see from the following infographic, 2011 helped to put a few more nails in the coffin. For example, 18 states across the US are now (in at least some parts) only delivering white pages phone books to those who ask for them. San Francisco has even enacted “opt-in” legislation for the delivery of the yellow pages. While this is still less than 30% of the country, it is surely a step in the right direction.
If the past year proved anything, it was that people don’t use or want the printed white pages, making the case for opt-in legislation even stronger. How’s this for a new year’s resolution: Show how your support in 2012 by joining our army of 100,000 people strong in the quest to Ban the Phonebook once and for all!


  1. Amazing! You never notice the impact until you see one of the largest buildings in the world receive their phone books by trctor and trailor. Pallet after pallet of phone books unloaded for the Pentagon and Bupers on the hill. Some never opened even years ago.
    I haven't thought of its demise.

  2. SACRIFICE is necessary. I agree it's probably a book whose time has come and we should STOP it's distribution to take it out of it's misery. But believe it or not, there are still folks out there that are NOT internet savy, like my mom, who DEPEND on it. It's also where I get my three pages of BOGOF restaurant coupons every year. Not sure I can give them up, quite yet, while we adapt to this unemployment situation we find ourselves in.

  3. i use phone books to store the overhead projector sheets i've just washed- they absorb the extra water and one phone book will last me about a school year...


  4. I feel bad for folks that do not even own a computer. What will those people do?


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