Green reading

May 2, 2010

Jenny Mörtsell, via New York TimesEarlier this month, in the New York Times, Daniel Goleman and Gregory Norris asked the important question for readers who can’t settle their minds until they have an answer: Am I being green by saving trees and using an e-reader?

And the answer apparently seems to be, “No.”

So, how many volumes do you need to read on your e-reader to break even?

With respect to fossil fuels, water use and mineral consumption, the impact of one e-reader payback equals roughly 40 to 50 books. When it comes to global warming, though, it’s 100 books; with human health consequences, it’s somewhere in between.

All in all, the most ecologically virtuous way to read a book starts by walking to your local library.


Illustration by Jenny Mörtsell for The New York Times.

(Also, something goes here about Newport Beach in September, and a $75 discount through June 1.)


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