How Green Are E-Books?

E-books are a wonderful invention.

They are the ultimate in simplicity. Literally – there is no physical product. No paper. No book cover. No ink.

An e-book is just a digitally formatted version of a print book. Nothing more than some computer code on a hard drive. A thousand or more e-books can be carried around easily on a small laptop computer or a magazine-sized reading device like the Kindle, Nook, or iPad.

So, are e-books green? How green? In two words:  yes, very.

In my opinion, there is no greener way to read.

Here are the facts. Each print book requires resources that include paper, ink, and other materials, plus energy for manufacturing, transportation, and delivery. There are also greenhouse gas emissions, estimated at Continue reading “How Green Are E-Books?”

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