e-readers: the greening of reading?

Are e-readers better for the planet than printed books?  I’m not convinced quite yet, but it seems that, at least for some puposes, an e-reader makes ecological sense. And a new study by the Cleantech Group seems to support that idea:

The Cleantech Group forecasts that e-readers purchased from 2009 to 2012 could prevent 5.3 billion kg of carbon dioxide in 2012, or 9.9 billion kg during the four-year time period.

For more:

> Cleantech Group report – E-readers a win for carbon emissions.

> The Guardian – The ecological case for ebooks

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