2 comments on “Which is friendlier to the environment, a book or an ipad?

  1. This Op-Ed was no accidental. A day earlier Apple released its iPad and as it reported later on 300,000 iPads were sold in just one day (including pre-orders). So it definitely looks like there’s a greater need than ever before in such a life cycle analysis and we congratulate Goleman and Norris for their important work.

    I wrote a post with five comments on their work I thought you might find interesting. You can read it on our blog at http://ecolibris.blogspot.com/2010/04/5-comments-on-how-green-is-my-ipad.html

    Raz Godelnik

  2. The authors make some good points, particularly with regard to walking to the public library as the most environmentally sensitive approach toward reading books. However, there are materials one might want to read when one is away from the computer which are not easily checked out from the library, such as newspapers or personal documents. For these purposes, an ebook reader is convenient. I think in the future, students might find it convenient to have all their textbooks and other required reading stored on their ebook reader rather than having to lug them around. As to the environmental impact, I am not sure if there is much difference between an ebook reader and a laptop computer.

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