By Leah Blunt on Mar 14, 2013

5 Things You Need to Know to Avoid Wasting Phone Books


A phone book is a terrible thing to waste. Every year, millions of printed phone directories are distributed to residences and businesses across the country. Check out these frequently asked questions to see if you’ve got your phone book basics covered.

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1. Why do they still make phonebooks?

For many of us, using the internet as the tool to find local business information seems like a no-brainer. It’s easy, fast and we have a variety of ways to access it.

However, it’s easy to forget that not everyone has the same accessibility. The Federal Communications Commission estimates that about 19 million Americans don’t have access to broadband service, and even when it’s available, about 100 million people don’t subscribe to it.

Many of these people rely on phone books for their directory information, whether it’s because they’re in a rural area that offers limited internet access, a smaller community where businesses aren’t online or are perhaps less tech-reliant or prefer print, in general.


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      • Olivia Lane

        this makes me hate phone books so much more. i forget no every consumer or business is online either by choice or circumstance. this puts things into perspective. it’s nice to know i can opt out too. :-)

      • Perkins

        I love old phone books. The pages are perfect for pressing flowers. The pages can be torn out and used for packing when sending fragile items. They make great backings for pictures and, years later when someone takes the pictures apart, they can see what we had year ago:) The pages are great for polishing windows, soaking up spills, etc. Use your imagination!