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The omega replica latest thing in gadgetry is the e reader and e book. Whether it be Amazon Kindle or the Sony reader and I sure as I write another brand has come out for yet another company or bookstore. They are handy little things. Stick them in your purse, or briefcase, and you can slide it out and pick out any number of books. It has neat features like making the print larger, bookmarks, etc. The newer Sonys have an e reader perfect for rolex replica students and business people which will download just about every format such as PDFs. They can mark on it make notes, just like on real paper. Even some palm pilots will accept e books with the same features as the newer Sony (remember palm pilots? dig your old one out).
Paper is not ecological. Forests are stripped not only for the replica watches lumber industry but for a great, great deal of paper.
Every one said computers were supposed to eliminate paper completely. Oh yes, everything will be on the computer and paper will become a thing of the past. We didn realize that hardcopies would, well, need paper. And most people, unless it e mail, want hard copies. How many hard copies has your printer screwed up, and you had to chuck 52 pages to recycle? (At least I hope you recycling). Recycling or not they don grow more trees.
And so the e readers eliminate paper. Oh no! Many people will exclaim! But I LOVE the feel of a book in my hands. Well so do I. But it takes a lot of paper to clunk out a Stephen King novel of 1,000 pages in millions of copies. A lot of trees.
I have five rooms in my house with the walls covered in books. I don mean they have little book shelves in them, I mean the walls are covered. Some of the shelves have had to be doubled up with books. Many of the shelves are so high I have to use a stepladder to get at a book. Most of these books I don want to give away I have already culled most of the books I will never refer to or read or lend and given them away to hospitals and libraries (although I not sure what they thought of my collection of sci fi erotica I hoping some little old lady is laughing her butt off while hooked up to a bunch of tubes). At any rate, my house is basically a waste of paper. Not that the books themselves are a waste but I hate to think how many trees went into providing me with a problem of storage. And each book represents thousands if not millions more copies filled with paper.
Meanwhile those that lament the state of the ecology, global warming etc. keep buying paper made books. Because they more
The e book however, provides paperless access to a multitude of books. The number will grow, and the websites that you can download books from is expanding exponentially.
Bookstores don seem to be concerned about e books. The Kindle is offered by Amazon. You still have to BUY the books. Sony has a site specifically for e books and I understand Barnes and Noble will also follow the route of the e book as will many independent websites. I can predict that the versatility of the e readers will only improve.
We didn yell and scream when the iPod came out. It was cool. Even though it largely limited the need for CDs (more plastic). The iPod has evolved from a music maker, to a video tool, and an applications product. No more CDs in the wrong covers piling up in your den or living room. Books are however considered more sacred. An intellectual property that you can look at an admire (and have your friends admire your good taste in books). Enough already.
Be smart. Consider an e book. Consider all that paper. And no, I do not work for Sony or Amazon.
Great post. I’m going with the “Why not have it both ways?” philosophy, personally. While I anticipate always having paper books as part of my life, I also anticipate very soon bringing an e reader into my life as well. For “one shots” like the horrifically bad, and yet terribly addictive Twilight series the e reader offers a nice solution for me. Those are the kind of books I want to read once, but don’t want cluttering up my bookshelf, since I won’t be lending it out ever. Also, I travel a lot, so the portability will be very helpful for me.
At the same time, I love the feel of a good book in my hand, and certain works such as Mark Danielewski’s amazing “House of Leaves” will always require a proper physical form to be fully appreciated.
a couple of things (I work in publishing):
Barnes and Noble has had their e book reader, the Nook, on the market for a couple weeks now. It’s a damn sight better then the best Kindle. Right now everyone’s waiting for Apple’s foray into the market, for a possible full color screen so they can port magazines and comic books.
most paper manufacturers create sustainable paper mills that is, plant the very same trees they cut down just so they don’t run out of the resource they’re trying to sell. Imagine you build a paper plant, cut down all the trees around it, and now have to get your pulp from another forest across the country. No, they (mostly) plant more trees nearby to have them close at hand.
Make no mistake, milling paper is _far_ from ecologically friendly. But recycling paper for print is even worse, from a toxic standpoint. They have to de ink the paper, and all that ink sludge has to go somewhere. Even printers who tout their environmentally friendly soy based inks don’t account for the toxic chemicals required to remove them from the paper.
And what’s more ecologically unfriendly than that? Computers. Lead,
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humanity game, toxic metals that end up in landfills and contaminating ground water after you’ve thrown all those outdated shiny things away. magazines, just don’t work with the current crop of electronic devices. I have one of those new phones that does everything (including allow me to post here), but I still have a paper calendar and notepad. I don’t have to wait for a 3×5 card to boot up, and I can keep reading a paperback without fear of finding an outlet.
I don’t have a kindle, but my book is available through Kindle and in paperback, so I have gotten feedback from readers who have bought my book in both formats.
What are many of you going to do when your lithium ion rechargeable battery runs out, your mercury filled screen cracks or the new shiny reader format comes out and doesn’t work with your device any more?
Yes, I agree that digital distribution can create a much wider, and more accessible audience, and that now almost anyone can publish a book. Just like a blog.
no laws here, no. See, we believe in “personal responsibility.” Meh. Even bottle/can recycling laws are barely enforced. I collect all my spent batteries to turn in to a recycling center only of my own volition.
I’d prefer to see fewer old TVs left on the curb for pickup with old futons. It does (here) all end up in landfill.
The other dark truth, is that even those electronics collected for “recycling” often aren’t. They’re sold to disposal companies, who then just find some poor,
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As I said, paper milling is _not_ environmentally sound, but for the toxic runoff it creates. Most paper mills plant sustainable forests, to keep their supply of pulp. Most of the deforesting being done in the world is done for other reasons. (building materials, furniture, grazing land, urban development.)
Get ya, Fudo. Ye know of what ye speaks. If we put a TV or anything sort of electronic device out on garbage day, it gets a BIG RED STICKER, telling us where to dispose of it. I understand what you say about chips, batteries etc. getting sent out of country not good. Not good at all. Evil. I hope Canada MAY be a little more responsible but who knows. We have some very heavy environmental laws here (despite our dopey Prime Minister not signing Kyoto, but then he is a dork).
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