To me, reading a traditional hard copy is much more aesthetically pleasing, and I, like many others, love the fell and smell of a good old printed book. Yet there are circumstances that we cannot ignore which make Kindle (or ebooks in general) the future of book-reading.
The Kindle vs. paper battle: A brief overview
- Lightweight and stores thousands of books, which leads to enhanced portability.
- Accessible, you can get books you want in minutes, or rather seconds
- Dynamic, as size of text, brightness and font can be adjusted for greater readability.
- Now Kindles are completely water proof, which saves you from all the blow-drying, sun-bathing and whatnot.
- Aesthetically pleasing, as most people love the feel of a solid book.
- Even though Kindles are cheaper on a long-term basis, for those who don’t read that much print would be cheaper to buy.
Clearly, the argument already seems to be on the kindle side, even though some might argue on the aesthetics of paper books; that print is more enjoyable than staring on an electronic screen.
But apart from personal instant benefits, we must also consider the ecological impacts of usage of both. Even though Kindles aren’t completely green, they suggest a cleaner future than paper books.
The production of ink for printing releases a number of volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere, including hexane, toluene, and xylene, which may contribute to a range of public health problems.
Toluene causes tiredness, fatigue, drunken-like actions as well as Color blindness and hearing impairment. Hexane causes vertigo on ten minutes of inhalation, fatigue, tiredness, drowsiness.
Green House Gas release:
Kindles and produce about 130kg CO2, while each paper book’s production release an average of 4kg of CO2. This means that you’re conserving Mother Earth once you’ve read about 30 books on your kindle.
Paperbooks require a lot of, well, a lot of paper. And paper requires trees. Trees give us paper, medicines, wood, food, habitat…. as well as stabilise soil, cool the environment……
Then ofcourse, they also give us the much important oxygen gas.
Think about it. Though you might like your books a lot, to me, Kindles are the way to go. They offer a greener future. Though it’s tru
e that Kindles also require non-renewable resources such as silicon, trees are a much more urgent necessity.
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