There is currently an interesting controversy regarding the use of the e-book. It is about the eternal debate between the overcrowding of new technologies. in "sacrifice" of tradition, ancient habits and lifelong rituals, by the latter I mean the extreme defense made by followers of printed book arguing that electronic books, e-books, subtract pleasure from the purchase and reading of the physical book.
Whatever our opinion, WellHome has published an infographic (in English) where it provides valuable information that can help us take a position on the matter. The data that WelHome collects refers to the US market.
Production of printed books
- The publishing industry consumes 16 million tons of paper per year.
- 2 billion printed books are produced annually which means that 32 million trees are cut down.
- Printed books have the ecological footprint highest per unit of the entire publishing industry, each book generates 8,85 pounds of carbon dioxide, CO2.
Emissions of substances
- The factories that produce the paper for books are harmful to the environment because they emit CO2, nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide, these contaminants go on air and contribute to global warming, fog, acid rain and respiratory diseases.
- Bleaching the paper with chlorine to produce white paper with which books are made, generates dioxin, a known carcinogen that is very poorly degradable.
- Printed books consume three times more raw material and require seven times more water than is necessary to produce e-books.
- The paper industry, in general, cuts 125 million trees and emits 44 million tons of CO2, equivalent to the emissions of 7,3 million cars in one year.
These are the reasons why WellHome defends that the e-book is a more ecological option, in the Next post I list the reasons with which he argues his position.