Nick's background is in practical conservation, something he draws on in his work looking at risks in raw material supply chains. He is project manager for the multi-client project, PREPS, working on assessing the risks of forest sources in book and magazine papers. Nick is also part of the team that runs the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), managing relationships and liaising with members on all aspects of CR and sustainability. Whatever the subject matter, Nick enjoys solving each client's challenge with creativity and an open mind.
In the face of rapidly changing reading habits what does the future hold for printed books? Will they still be around in ten years? And if so, how might they be made?
Our publishing initiative, the Book Chain Project, helps publishers to better understand how, where and from what their books are made. It’s been ten years since the first part of the Project began by gathering data on the tree species used in paper. We wrote this report to reflect on that past decade, to better understand our current reading habits, and finally to gaze into the crystal ball to see what books of the future might look like, and how and where they might be made.
Based on current trends we’ve identified four underlying stories of the book:
- Digital print: New printing technology is significantly affecting how books are made. It’s allowing print-on-demand, local production, and personalised content, and allowing publishers to revive their archived titles, and take opportunities to trial new authors.
- Digital conversion: In some cases digital clearly offers benefits over print when we look at connectivity and interactivity. Where the changes are happening, they’re happening quickly.
- Digital interaction: Print and digital can complement one another in blended approaches where digital interactivity can help to bring print to life.
- Digital distraction: In our desire to avoid digital overload from the ever-present screens and devices in our lives, are books one of our last remaining bastions of escapism?
We go on to predict three possible futures for the book and ultimately what this means for our future work on the Book Chain Project.
The report’s findings are informed by our desk research, in-depth interviews with the Project’s publishers, and guest presentations from our 2016 seminars in London and New York.
On 9th July, Carnstone helped launch the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS) in the historic setting of the Guildhall. The packed event brought together over 200 people from business, academia, government and the third sector, to celebrate this landmark day in the history of our profession. Images from the event and more details about the ICRS can be found by visiting the article below.
Since March 2013 businesses across Europe have been responding to the EU Timber Regulation; a law prohibiting illegal timber from appearing on the European market. We wanted to gauge the feeling across the retail and manufacturing sectors so, eight months on from the law’s introduction, we conducted a short survey to understand how companies were facing the new requirements. We presented the findings to the Chatham House Illegal Logging Update in February 2014. The results are summarised in our report Still Feeling Stumped?
Nick's Pro Bono Work…
RNLI's Tower Lifeboat Station
Nick is a volunteer on the crew at the RNLI's Tower Lifeboat Station, which is based on the River Thames in central London. The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) is the charity that saves lives at sea and - as well as running over 230 lifeboat stations around the British and Irish coasts - have four stations on the tidal stretches of the Thames. Nick forms part of a crew of three on the boat, which is ready to launch within 90 seconds, on call twice a month.
Nick in our news section…
Debut summit for the Asian publishing, paper and print sector
Carnstone’s paper supply chain project, PREPS - the Publishers’ database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing - held its first Asian Summit on 29 June in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Over 90 delegates attended from across Asia, Europe and North America, representing major publishers, printers, paper mills, and national and international NGOs. The event brought these parties together to address the most pressing challenges with responsible paper sourcing in the region.
Delegates heard the views from customers, suppliers and manufacturers; each represented by US-publisher Chronicle Books, China-based printer Leo Paper, and global paper manufacturer UPM. Other panellists gave their views ‘from the ground’ in the form of WWF China and the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs (IPE). IPE also announced a major Chinese paper sector environmental initiative.
Masterclasses in the afternoon saw dedicated PREPS database training for mills and printers, with plenty of opportunities to feed back on the system’s features and how it can be improved for a better user experience. Our publisher and NGO delegates held a separate panel discussion where FSC and the China Forest Certification Council (CFCC) discussed the future of forest and wood product certification in Asia. This was particularly timely given the Chinese Government’s new Forest Certification Regulation which was announced less than a week before the Summit.
Over 50 companies participated including, the Hong Kong Printers Association; mills such as Hansol, ITC, and Chung Hwa Pulp; NGOs including RAN Japan and Chinese Environmental Paper Network, and many representatives of the PREPS publishing houses.