Environmental blog Treehugger has a blog post today called “7 Major Ways We’re Digitizing Our World, And 3 Reasons We Still Want Hardcopies,” which breaks down the battle between digital and print. In the post, the environmental blog argues that people who own eReaders read more than non-owners, but it also points out that you have to read a lot of eBooks to make this an environmentally friendly decision.
According to Treehugger: “While e-books are great for replacing paper books, the most recent calculations estimate that people need to read at least 100 books a year on their e-readers to break even with books on environmental impact. And there’s of course the end-of-life issue of the device — it’s a lot more difficult to recycle an e-reader than a paper book.”
As we adopt our new eReaders it is worth reading a lot of books on them and holding on to them for a few years to make it actually better for the environment than printing paper.