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August 25, 2009

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Jeanette McLeod

Interesting study! Thank you for sharing. There are ebooks available that do not require special reading devices ie can be read on a PC thus cutting out the emissions required to make the dedicated ereader in the first place!

John Holden

Spent some time talking to readers rather than sellers recently. The concensus is that while some may adopt ebooks, they will still resort to hard copy at times, they won't take ebooks into the bath or curl up in front of the fire with a glass of wine and an ebook.
Others just say "ebooks, why" or "what's an ebook".
I don't see me putting up my shutters for many a year yet.
As for the green issue, waste paper is probably less environmentally damaging than waste plastic.

Emma Ritch

I wrote the study, and I'd like to address your comment. A person doesn't have to read 23 books a year on the Kindle to prevent the carbon emissions created by a single Kindle. A person has to only replace the purchase of 23 physical books with e-books over the entire lifespan of the Kindle device to break even.

The Daily Finance article took information from my report out of context. Yes, I presented the numbers cited above for the potential savings if all the Kindles sold are used to their fullest capacity, provided that they also prevent the production of that number of physical books. However, I am presenting that as the outer limit for savings in carbon emissions, and I also provide far more conservative estimates. I think it's necessary to look at multiple scenarios to see what factors impact the emissions resulting from and prevented by the devices.

In terms of the number of books bought, the average Kindle user right now is downloading about 3 books a month, but the report notes that will surely decline as less avid readers adopt the technology.

Jerseys

Spent some time talking to readers rather than sellers recently. The concensus is that while some may adopt ebooks, they will still resort to hard copy at times, they won't take ebooks into the bath or curl up in front of the fire with a glass of wine and an ebook.
Others just say "ebooks, why" or "what's an ebook".
I don't see me putting up my shutters for many a year yet.
As for the green issue, waste paper is probably less environmentally damaging than waste plastic.

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