Read an eBook Week

E-Books Can Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint:
You see and hear the buzz words everywhere – carbon footprint, environmentally friendly and green. We’re encouraged to buy, use and dispose with the environment in mind. While it’s easy to recognize the negative impact of excess packaging and chemical content in many of the products we purchase, it’s not so easy when it comes to reading material.

Consider This:
E-books are created electronically. No trees are cut to produce them. No ink is used to put the words on the page. No fossil fuel is used to run presses or power trucks to move them around the country. No storage facilities need to be heated to store boxes of books until they are shipped to bookstores. E-books are delivered to the end user electronically. They are read electronically. They are disposed of with a push of a delete button, without ever taking up room in a landfill.
Consider This:It takes 12 trees to produce a ton of printing paper–24 trees for higher grade writing paper.** A mature tree can produce as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. Up to 35% of books printed for consumers (down from nearly 60% several years ago) are never read. They are returned to the publisher and end up in landfills. And with e-books, you can shop for your book without ever leaving home!
NEWS FLASH!Reading e-books can help you meet your commitment to reduce your carbon footprint.

Rita Toews created Read an E-book Week in 2002. She has written and co-authored award-winning children’s books, crime novels and historical dramas, available through

Steve Jordan is an avid e-book reader, writer, visionary, and promoter. He developed the Right Brane e-Publishing model as a fair, practical and sensible way to sell e-books online. His e-books are available at

3 thoughts on “Read an eBook Week”

  1. Jeff,
    We’re focusing on reference eBooks to start, then if the discussion branches out to eBook readers, overdrive, etc. we can gladly go there. Feel free to get something started.

  2. I agree that in an ideal world eBooks would reduce our carbon footprint. However, I think that currently, eBooks are actually increasing our footprint. Why? I observe students finding their references in eBooks and printing off the pages that they need. The paper is printed on one side and the students simply discard the printouts once they are finished. The next user comes along and does the same thing again. How many tims is this repeated? At some point people may finally adjust to reading text on screen. Until that time, I think eBooks will ironically still use up a lot of trees.

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