Save the Trees and Add These E-books and Audiobooks to Your TBR List

By Chris Olsen

Did you know the majority of readers favor print books? It’s understandable. There’s nothing like holding a print book in your hands and flipping through its crisp pages. And can you imagine a world without bookshops and libraries and shelves loaded with books?

It’s also important to be mindful of the use of natural resources to produce those beautiful print books, including 32 million trees each year. Much of that waste comes from the publishing industry. Many publishers—including Publish Her—are dedicated to helping reduce this waste. There are several ways lovers of print books can help protect the planet as well. You can swap finished books with friends and family, donate used books to schools and charities, consign print books and shop at used bookstores, and borrow books from public and Little Free Libraries.

You can also make a difference by switching it up from time to time and reading an e-book or two, or listening to a few audiobooks.


If you purchase 14 or more new print books a year, e-books are an eco-friendlier option. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites:

“Hello Beautiful” by Ann Napolitano

“The Housemaid” by Freida McFadden

“Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus

“The Spy Coast” by Tess Gerritsen

“The Perfect Marriage” by Jeneva Rose

“Things We Never” Got Over by Lucy Score


Of all book formats, audiobooks are the most eco-friendly option. Here are a few best-selling audiobooks to consider:

“The House of Eve” by Sadeqa Johnson

“Leslie F*cking Jones” by Leslie Jones

“Leslie F*cking Jones” by Leslie Jones

“Leslie F*cking Jones” by Leslie Jones

“Yellowface” by R.F. Kuang

“Your Truly” by Abby Jimenez

What e-books and audiobooks would you add to this list? Drop me a line at

About the Author

Chris Olsen is a broadcast media veteran turned communications consultant, educator and the author of “Whyography: Building a Brand Fueled by Purpose.” The founder of Publish Her and Publish Her Story, Chris has helped thousands of women tell their stories and publish their books.

About Publish Her

Publish Her is a female-founded publisher dedicated to elevating the words, writing and stories of women. We are passionate about amplifying the voices of women of color, women with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We aim to make publishing an attainable, exciting and collaborative process for all.

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