The idea is plausible. However, as a pro-environment thinker, I would still prefer the exact same approach in non-print forms. While more and more media outlets (the independent UK being one of the major ) are switching entirely to online forms, would it be environmentally responsible to actually to bring printing services as such into life?
One alternative that I would suggest is that instead of PRINTING out these contents in the paper form; how about bringing audible versions of the same? That way, we might be dealing with the problem from two faces. The problem we are aiming to solve, if I am not mistaken, is that since we are constrained by time limits (on a daily basis), we tend to have a long list of things that we would actually want to read but can't due to the lack of time at the moment. This creates an ever-increasing amount of contents that we are interested in but push it for the next day or the next week to read. However, even if we get the printed articles, there is no guarantee that we will have that sufficient amount of time in the future as well. This doesn't solve anything; just because we have Printed contents necessarily does not guarantee that we would read it in the future. For that, we'd need time and some kind of dedicated commitment.
Hence, if we could have a service that takes in requested contents (texts, articles), converts them into an audio format ( could be both manual or AI-assisted) , and delivers them in a tailored form to the respective customers, it would be great.
Why audio content? Because listening to an article takes much less time and energy (count in commitment into it) than it does to read the same thing. To read, we need to dedicate the entire time to the thing itself, and we barely can do anything else. However, if the articles are in audio forms, we can easily multitask while listening to them. This means that the fear of losing time will not haunt us and 'having no time to read' would not be a problem anymore. We could be listening to the articles we are interested in while jogging, cooking or cleaning the house.
Moreover, as users (consumers), receiving all the contents in audio format saves us from that guilt-trip of environmental conscience. On the other hand, for the company/ service-provider, there will be absolutely no space for any kind of backlash from the conservationists and pro-environment advocates which we cannot be so sure in case of the print option.
What do you guys think about this?