The amount of people using Kindle and other ereaders to read rather than printed books, magazines and newspaper are increasing. These ereaders allow readers to store over a thousand ebooks without the need for paper and therefore less need to cut down trees, the lungs of our planet.
In 2009 according to records, over three million ereaders were sold. This figure will increase as new upgrades have more exciting feature and will improve reader experience. New ereaders are more affordable, lighter and slimmer.
The big question is, does Kindle and other ereaders help reduce global warming and help the environment? These gadgets may have significant positive impact on the environment if ereaders are used more extensively worldwide. If the demand for printed books, magazines and newspaper is less because people prefer to have the digital edition, then the use of paper will be reduced. Ebooks, newspapers and magazines will be cheaper and delivered at no cost. Less printing and distribution means less CO2 release.
168 kg. of carbon dioxide is released when one ereader is manufactured. Producing one standard printed book will release 7.48 kg. of carbon Dioxide (CNET). In other words after reading about twenty three ebooks, you have become carbon neutral. Statistics from Cleantech suggest that ereader use between 2009 and 2q012 will save about 1.5million kg. of carbon dioxide. This is reassuring news.
125 million trees are cut down annually for paper used in the printing industry. Add to this the pulping to produce paper, printing and distribution, it is not surprise that printed books have the worst carbon footprint per unit in manufacturing. Of this printed matter, a third is returned. Some are recycled, some incinerated and the rest thrown away.
Ereaders are making no positive effect on global warming according to Media Analyst, Sarah Rotman Apps. When publishers print fewer books as a direct result of greater demands for the digital version, we will see actual benefit to the environment. It will be some time before there is any real benefit.
In addition to carbon dioxide released in the production of ereaders, there is the ongoing charging of the device by electricity powered from fossil fuel. LG, a Korean company has developed a solar powered ereader. I believe this is the future of all ereader.
Having a Kindle or any other ereader will save you money on books, magazines and newspaper. You can archive newspapers and magazines to read again later. It is space saving and it is getting cheaper. There is also the issue of electronic waste. According the the New York Times, Apple has stated that their iPad does not contain PVC, a highly toxic compound. So far Amazon Kindle and other ereaders have not submitted similar evidence.
I hope that one day fewer trees will be cut down for printed paper because there is greater demand for the digital version but it is not likely in the near future.
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