This question is at the center of an article I wrote, which was just published this month on the Independent Book Publishers Association's (IBPA) monthly journal, the Independent.
Here's the first paragraph from the article:
The emergence of e-book readers, starting with the release of Amazon’s Kindle in November 2007 and through the launch of Apple’s iPad in April 2010, is changing the book industry. No doubt about that. But is it also making reading more sustainable? Is it really greener to abandon the good old print-on-paper book for a cool gadget that holds hundreds of books without causing back strain?
So, is E-Reading Really Greener? You're welcome to read the rest of the article here and find out!
A press release of the IBPA on the article can be found here - http://www.booktrade.info/index.php/showarticle/28546
If you look for more resources on e-books vs. physical books, check our ebooks page at http://www.ecolibris.net/ebooks.asp
Raz @ Eco-Libris
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