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Book packaging

Not THAT kind, but about the literal packaging of books sent to this office. And others: a publishing friend said she received an indignant phone call asking her company to PLEASE stop using mailers that contain that gray fluffy stuff as padding; and I also saw it on Twitter. I asked in this office if the fluffy stuff was a problem, with Shoshana replying that it wasn’t if you opened the packages properly, and while I’d really like you all to think that yes, we are that intimidating, Shosh is a kind soul. But is it a big problem? Can’t you just brush the stuff off? What are you people wearing to work?

I don’t open packages so I don’t get a vote, but I do lament the apparent passing of truly pop-worthy bubble wrap. Now it deflates with a silent sigh, like so much these days does.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. My pet peeve is the big box filled with bubble wrap and one slim picture book. I often get multiples of these on the same day from the same publisher.

  2. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    My issue with the gray fluff is I can’t stop worrying I’m breathing it and getting Fluff Lung.

  3. That fluff stuff is often kapok. Kapok is a perfectly natural substance to which I am extremely allergic. Such packages need to be opened outside, no matter what the weather, by someone in my household who isn’t me. Sometimes the book itself is covered in the vile stuff, and then it has to be cleaned before I can touch it. Feh.
    I like bubble wrap though.

  4. Is the allure that it’s biodegradable?

  5. THIS is what you choose to write about? Really?

  6. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    Jeez, Nancy, chill. You sound like me looking at the “No” cart.

  7. Nancy Werlin says:

    Roger, I have never not ever been chill.

  8. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    And, Nancy, I would have you be no other way.

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