“Each year, approximately 30 million trees are used to make books sold in the United States—1,153 times the number of trees in New York City’s Central Park. Many of these trees are sourced from endangered forests with devastating impacts on the people and wildlife that rely on them.” – Susan Kiser at Abbey House Press, a religious-book publisher, as quoted in Books on Board press release offering free Abbey books.
The TeleRead take: True? Even if so, that’s just a fraction of total paper consumption. But everything intertwines. Get people reading e-books and they’re more likely to use E for other purposes such as read newspapers, a far, far greater contributor to pollution problems. It’s all worthy of consideration with Earth Day coming up Tuesday in the U.S. and many other countries.
Related: How Amazon’s eBabel pollutes the earth, not just the e-book market, in today’s TeleBlog.