04 Jun '12, 9pm

Carbon Footprint of E-Readers Higher Than Print

The analysis makes a bunch of assumptions, the worst and most ridiculous of which is that anyone would purchase an iPad primarily to read eBooks. This article should also really be titled: "Carbon Footprint of iPads Higher Than Printed Books", because that's all the author can really say on the subject. The eInk Kindle and similar products (things actually called eReaders, unlike the iPad) can really only be used to consume books and other written content that has historically been distributed in print. But although the iPad makes an OK device for reading books, that's not its primary purpose. To fairly assess an iPad's carbon footprint, it't have to be compared against the other things it replaces as well, not just books: things like laptop computers, portable DVD players (and perhaps even DVDs), portable gaming consoles, universal remote controls, etc. If you just want t...

Full article: http://www.ecogeek.org/computing-and-gadgets/3778-carbon-...

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