E-book vs Text Book Bibliography

  • Topic: Whether E-books or Textbooks are more “Green”
  • Audience: Students and Teachers who are concerned about the environment and the environmental impact of the typical activities in education.
  • Source 1: Ethical Consumer: http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/ethicalreports/buyingbookswithoutamazon/environment.aspx  Relevant claims: Discusses the environmental impact of E-books, looking specifically at the different and ongoing environmental impact of kindles. Credibility: Fair-Good. It is an organization that looks at ethical dilemmas in products, however it cites other text sources and seems to be attacking amazon.
  • Source 2: Green Press Initiative: http://www.greenpressinitiative.org/documents/ebooks.pdf Relevant Claims: Has lengthy discussions about the impact of e-books. Provides a large amount of both text based and math arguments for use in the post. Credibility: Good an organization dedicated to helping the environment.
  • Source 3: Stanford University: http://large.stanford.edu/courses/2014/ph240/pope2/ Relevant claims: Has arguments about the environmental impact of e-books and textbooks specifically in an education environment. Also provides a chart comparing the two products. Credibility: Good. Seems to be publicized lessons from a Stanford Instructor.
  • Ideas fit together: Source 1 and 2 provide much of the text based argument and some of the data to be used in the math based argument for the blog post. Source 3 provides additional data for the math based argument (mostly for text books) and a chart to be used in the final post.
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