Sunday, October 2, 2011

Digital vs. Print

After reading both Hannah and Dustin's pamphlets, I have come to the conclusion that e-books are the best option for the world of books. E-books provide a simpler solution for students especially because the ability to keep all your school books in one place not only alleviates your back of many pounds but also protects students from losing any of their books. The eco-friendliness of e-books is possibly the greatest advantage of them because with the pressing issues of global warming and deforestation, the abolition of book production would help tremendously. Though the problem does arise that not everyone's economic situation allows for a tablet or laptop computer, but I believe that government welfare should begin to provide people with tablets or laptops. All in all, I do believe that digital books are more beneficial for our society at this point.


  1. Are we so certain digital readers are great for the environment though? Books are at the very least biodegradable, and composed of a renewable resource. With the constant tech upgrades which rule the present age, and likely will continue into the future what is going to happen to all the outmoded kindles, Ipads and android tablets? Although the Ipad may be marketed as recyclable in practice they will go straight to landfill I should think. And what of the rare earth metals needed to manufacture smart electronics? There is not an inexhaustible supply of these materials. It is possible print is greener than we've been told.

  2. You make a very valid point. I did not even think to consider this in my response. But I do believe that the rate at which people use and dispose of books is much higher than that of digital readers. When it comes to the issue of the rare earth metals, you have stumped me. I now see though that the matter is far more complex than I once believed; this discussion/argument must continue because we must make the choice soon.