Stop the phone books!

a phone book sitting in a driveway

A phone book sits, unwanted, in our driveway last week.

We can't remember the last time we used a phone book to actually look up a number, or really do anything. (About four years ago we used one to elevate a computer monitor -- that actually worked pretty well.) But the phone books just keep on coming. We just had two new ones plopped on our driveway during the last month or so.

It's annoying because now we have to do something with these essentially useless blocks of paper, basically a jumbo package of junk mail -- and we can't imagine printing all those unused phone books is great for the environment, either. So we went looking for ways to stop the phone books. Here's what we found for the two books we recently had dumped on us:

The Talking Phone Book
Tucked inside one of the first pages in small type is a note saying that you can stop delivery of the book by sending a request (presumably with your name and address) to this email address:

We did exactly that this morning. We didn't get a confirmation email or anything in return, though.

Yellow Book
This one involves a few more steps, but it seems like it might have a better chance of working. We couldn't find anything in the book with instructions for opting out, but we found a number that you could call to request more books. Well, if these people can send us more, maybe they can send us fewer. So, we called and that turns out to be the case. Here's the number to call:


Then choose option number 2. You'll be connected with a customer service rep. Tell them you'd like to be put on the "do not deliver" list for Yellow Book. The rep will then ask you for your address, phone number and name. And that's it.


In a similar vein, "allows you to decide what gets in your mailbox. Use it to reduce your mailbox clutter, while helping save natural resources."

By the way, anyone willing to provide an over-under on how long paper phone books will still be around? I give 'em five years max.

The phone book holding up my computer monitor works great!

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.


Recently on All Over Albany

Today's moment of "spring"

Tuesday was the spring equinox. It still doesn't feel much like spring. We've been snapping pics of this clump of crocuses every year going back... (more)

An orchard for Washington Park

Soon to join the many trees of Albany's Washington Park: eight varieties of apple tree. Nine Pin Cider and Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook will be... (more)

"Do you like to eat? Do you like to read?"

Bookmarked: There is an Albany Food Readers Book Club that meets every two months to talk about -- you guessed it -- books about food.... (more)

International Tuesday at The Low Beat

How many of you out there went to Valentine's in Albany when it was still around? Raise your hand. (**cups hands over brow bone, squints,... (more)

The state is looking for someone to design murals for the ESP food court

The state Office of General Services is looking for a New York State artist to paint murals on four walls of the recently renovated food... (more)

Recent Comments

Washington Avenue definitely needs more than one lane in each direction, but that doesn't mean it can't be redesigned. They can reduce the size of the lanes, add a median, and add a protected bike lane where the shoulder of the road now lies. I agree, however, that the entire Harriman loop would have to be redesigned and that includes those over-passes, so this would be an extremely expensive undertaking if they want to do it right. But there could be significant development on the land that is now wasted by asphalt that could offset that cost and bulk up the tax base for the city.

An orchard for Washington Park

...has 1 comment, most recently from Tess

International Tuesday at The Low Beat

...has 1 comment, most recently from Erin T.

Cynthia Nixon is running for governor

...has 4 comments, most recently from Steve

787 is sticking around for a long time, but if you want to change it the time to start is now

...has 5 comments, most recently from Mike

Studying the future direction of Washington Ave

...has 15 comments, most recently from Ed