E-Book Readers are an Eco-Friendly Alternative

October 4, 2011 View all articles in General

Right this very second, you're doing something good for the planet. You're reading content online instead of in a magazine, book, or newspaper made of paper. What's more, you probably didn't fire up your car's engine to get to this webpage. According to David Pescovitz's article “Wireless Ways to Go Green,” reading the news online “requires up to 140 times less carbon dioxide, several orders of magnitude less greenhouse gases, and the consumption of 26 to 67 times less water” (Lab Notes: Research from the College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley).

What about when you want some good reading material on the go? Sure, you can access lots of literature from your PC, laptop, or handheld device, but an e-book reader makes the most sense for eco-conscious bibliophiles. You can collect and read tons of literature without all the carbon dioxide emissions and deforestation involved in magazine, book, and newspaper manufacturing and production.

TWO TOP E-READING DEVICES

  • Sony E-Reader | $149: With the Reader Wi-Fi, you have immediate access to over 2 million book titles, some priced at as little as $0.99, as well as instant access to Wikipedia, Google search, and one of the two English language- or 10-translation dictionaries. You also get a compact, 6-inch reading platform weighing under 6 ounces and an advanced touch-screen format that makes turning the page as easy as, well…turning a page. The newest version also has the capability to borrow and download eBooks from your local library! The Reader Wi-Fi allows you to store up to 1200 book titles and read for over an entire month on a single battery charge. If all of these capabilities weren't enough to sell you, the E-Reader also has a note-taking feature that allows you to write on the page or highlight text!
  • Amazon Kindle | $149: The Kindle Touch 3G allows you to download books anywhere in the world, without having to hunt for Wi-Fi hotspots. This version of Kindle, like the Sony Reader Wi-Fi, has the ability to borrow and download books from your public library, and it also has text-to-speech, audio book, and mp3 features that read content out loud to you! With the Kindle Touch 3G, you have access to over 1 million books, newspapers, and magazines, and over 800,000 books are $9.99 or less. In fact, with the Kindle Touch 3G, you can find millions of free, out-of-copyright books as well as free chapter samples of books. This e-book reader also has a simple-to-use, glare-free touch screen and a two month battery life. And when you buy Kindle books, you can read them not only on your Kindle, but on your iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry, Mac, PC, or web browser for free!

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