I've done the research, I've read the articles. Are E-Books really greener. An article in the NY Times suggests it is.
It states, on average, the carbon emitted over the live of the device is offset after the first year of use. It goes on to quote "The new study finds that e-readers could have a major impact on improving the sustainability and environmental impact on the publishing industry, one of the world's most polluting sectors." And goes further to state, printed books have the highest per-unit carbon footprint.
But it also states that unless these E-book sales or anticipation of reduce printing of books, there is effectively no positive impact on the environment. E-book sales are on the rise and print sales are down, but what will the long term outcome be? Who is to know.
The Cleantech study concluded that purchasing three e-books per month for four years produces roughly 168 kilograms of CO2 throughout the Kindle’s lifecycle, compared to the estimated 1,074 kilograms of CO2 produced by the same number of printed books.Can you imagine?
And of course - the plastics, toxins, etc.. that go into making an E-reader are kept hush hush... so how would you weigh it?
I'm still on the fence, teetering over to the E-book side but I haven't yet taken the plunge. I went to Barnes and Noble today and checked out the Nook. I think I like it over the Kindle. But I don't know. I would only want to read on it, so it's MP3 player, and other fancy doo dads would do little to sway my decisions. I care more about price (of the books), user friendliness, and durability.
If I do it... if I jump into the E book world... I have choices... The Nook or the Kindle.... I don't know which way I'd go. HELP!!!