Yes, because they do not use any paper, ink, or binding!
They sure are. They save a lot of money, too! Usually when you buy a reader, you pay about $200-250 for it and then books are only about $10 extra. Definitely a savings, both for resources and cash.
The carbon foot print an e reader leaves behind on a whole can be just as significant as a print book. The amount of energy used to produce e-readers requires more energy. Also reading a print book does not require any additional energy usage while e-readers sucks up electricity. E-readers also emit toxic waste in their production and their disposal. However, for an avid reader an e-book can be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. There are pros and cons to each medium. The best thing to do is research the product you are buying and find the most suitable item that is practical and eco conscious for your specific needs.
The greenest alternative to new print books and e-readers is taking a trip to your local library or used bookstore.
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