30 Aug '11, 11am

Paper Use Declines as Media Tablets Boom

The amount of paper used to make books, magazines and newspapers is in steep decline, due to the rapid adoption of media tablets like Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle. According to a new study by RISI, an information provider for the global forest products industry, media tablets are on pace to become a ubiquitous, mass-market, consumer product faster than any-other previously released, technological device. By the end of the first year of availability, over 15 million tablet computers were in use. In North America alone, the size of the electronic reader market almost doubled, with over 10 million in use, and in May of this year, Amazon.com announced that ebook sales now exceed those of printed book sales in the U.S. The study finds that by 2015, most publishing paper end uses in North America, such as magazine, newspaper and book publishing, will fall 12%-21% compared to...

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