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Traditional vs Electronic books - Which one is really Eco-Friendly?

I came up with this question when I was reading a book on my computer. Many people say traditional books pollute and harm the environment in order to be made.

I realized that my computer also pollutes, it uses electricity and that is done every time I or someone else reads an e-book or any document using his computer.

making a traditional book pollutes just once and then the book can be read a million times with no more pollution.

Do you still think traditional books pollute more than e-books? should we stop making more books and libraries for eBooks?

I need your opinions. Thanks


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    Nov 4 2013: It depends on the material of the text. A novel or text book is more efficiently done on paper as one book remains useful for many years and many users without further input of energy. For ephemeral works such as news reports or gossip magazines the short period of usefulness means you can't justify the initial energy outlay required for a print run. Horses for courses.

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