Are E-Books “Greener” Than Traditional Books?

I really enjoy reading books but to buy all those I wish to read is just too expensive so I invested in an e-book reader and bookmarked Project Gutenberg. The project encourages the creation and distribution of free e-books and has a huge choice of out of copyright books.

Living on Earth interviewed Raz Godelnik, CEO of Eco-Libris, about the carbon footprints of e-books and traditional books; to listen to the interview, please click the arrow in the graphic below.


Eco-Libris plants trees throughout Central America and Africa. One of their planting partners in Guatemala, AIR, has already planted tens of thousands of trees.

We should also remember that the carbon footprint is only one aspect of “greenness”.

David M. Davison


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