Bibliography #4: E-readers better than textbooks

Topic: In today’s world, we are advancing at a high rate in technology and it always made me wonder where exactly we are heading in terms of books. With e-readers, it makes it easy to get any book, without having to drive anywhere and it’s usually cheaper to do so. For example, I have always looked at e-readers as something that could potentially destroy bookstores altogether because of this convenience. You may be asking yourself, is this always a bad thing? The answer is no. Our world can be a better place with e- readers because it can slow down the mass-amounts of paper used for books. This is something I want to look at and see the efficiency between the two.

Source 1: Should You Ditch Your Books for an E-Reader?

This article is very interesting because it goes into depth what it means to have book comparative to e-readers. It also states just how much CO2 an e-reader puts out on a normal basis and which ones have a smaller range to generate power. For example, it states that an Ipad puts out about 130kg while a kindle might put out about 168kg. They show you the stats on how much paper it really takes to make a book and how many trees you must cut down. I also found that the most interesting thing was they stated you should actually buy books online, instead of in the store. They say this because bookstores are not efficient with the mass amounts of books they order, but never sell. It leads to over- processing of a book.

With these sources I have listed below, I will be able to see the difference between what it means to produce either one. This will give big insight in what it means to help the world and what e-readers or actually books for do for the earth.

Source 2: E-Readers Vs. Print Books

This sources goes more into supporting books comparative to e-readers. They show that making an e-reader actually takes up about 100 kilowatt hours verses a book that is 2 kilowatt hours. This is something that could be shown as making multiple books rather than just one Ipad. The companies have to producing more than 1000 dollars for one popular book comparative to an e-reader. Then you think about how much energy it takes to power that e-reader everyday when reading it. This give you the big perspective on what it means to have an e-reader.

Source 3: E-readers v books – the environmental debate

This article shows the technical problems with e-readers verses books. For example, it states how it takes e-readers 33 pounds of minerals from extraction. For books, it only takes about 2/3 the amount for recycled books. E-readers takes about 79 gallons of water, while books only take about 2 gallons of water. Amazon also said that they were selling one million kindles each week, this was just at the end of 2011. Imagine how much we are producing now with our upcoming world and what the numbers are at today.

Audience: Everyone who is interested in seeing the stats of an e-reader and buying books.


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