eText Helps the Environment

ebooks save trees! That is one of the many environmental benefits of digital publishing and reading. A larger list of the environmental benefits of reading ebooks includes:

  • saving trees;
  • reducing paper consumption;
  • saving energy used in book production;
  • eliminating packaging materials, and all the energy and cash costs associated with those materials;
  • saving fuel used for transporting paper books: from the printing company to the warehouse, and then from the warehouse to the customer;
  • eliminating the pollution caused by producing and shipping books;
  • reducing the energy, cash costs, and pollution required to dispose of books;
  • saving money. These days, money is a "scarce green resource." If the 2 billion books sold in the USA last year had been sold as ebooks — at five dollars less per book — we might have saved about 10 billion dollars.