Read eBooks, save the planet

There is apparently something called ‘Read an eBook Week’ being celebrated during the first week of March (talking about festivities I did not know existed). A real eBook would require a real ePaper/eInk solution, and unfortunately those are not yet at our hands (even if Amazon Kindle and its kind are making fast progress). But there are actually some worthwhile points to support literature to go ‘e’; see:

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the Tampere University, Finland.

One thought on “Read eBooks, save the planet”

  1. The correct date for Read An E-book Week in 2008 is March 9-15th.

    Here’s a few more good reasons to read e-books:

    “Carbon Footprint”, “Environmentally Friendly” and “Green”.

    We’re encouraged to buy, use and dispose with the environment in mind. While it’s easy to recognize the negative impact of excess packaging and chemical content in many of the products we purchase, it’s not so easy when it comes to books, magazines and newspapers.

    E-books are an environmentally friendly alternative to print reading material. No trees are cut to produce them. No ink is used to put the words on the page. No fossil fuel is used to run presses or trucks to move the books around the country. Heated storage facilities are not required to warehouse e-books as they remain within your computer.

    It takes 24 trees to produce a ton of printing paper, the type normally used for books, 12 trees are harvested for a ton of newsprint. Up to 35% of books printed for consumers read. They are returned to the publisher for disposal. Given that a mature tree can produce as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year, e-books become a serious alternative to paper books, magazines and newspapers. That doesn’t mean that print books don’t have a place in our lives. E-books and print each have their advantages.

    But before purchasing your next paper book, magazine or newspaper, consider your carbon footprint commitment. Read electronically.

    Read An E-Book Week, March 9-15, 2008. For more information please visit

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