Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Has anyone seen a comparison of e-books to paper books from an ecological perspective? Pollution, energy use, whatever. My gut feeling is that e-books have to be more environmentally friendly, if for no other reason than transporting the paper from forest to paper plant to printing press to warehouse to bookstore/library/home/wherever has to use a whole lot of fossil fuels, but I'd be curious to see an actual analysis of this.

1 comment:

alanajoli said...

I haven't seen a study on it either, but I suspect your gut is right. If bookstores "recycle" mass markets because it's too high a cost in resources to send them back to the warehouses when they're up to be returned, then I suspect the costs to the environment of regular hard copy returns are pretty large.