Everybody knows about the difficulty with the production of greenhouse gases and the destruction of the rain forests. We all know of the stress that over-population puts on the environment and we all know that we are trying to do our bit by recycling. The differences of outlook usually come down to degree. In short, we all know that it is happening, but we do not all agree how bad it has become yet.
Fair enough, in my estimation. I am suspicious of anyone who calls himself an expert. That is a word that should be used to describe you, no one that you use to portray yourself. Like the people who call themselves entrepreneurs rather than business people because it sounds grander.
Anyway, I am going off on a tangent. One of the things that readers can do is not purchase books, newspapers and magazines. This would alleviate the strain on trees and permit the recycled material that we currently use for books, newspapers and magazines to become used on essential school books. It may even make them a bit cheaper.
Of course, publishers of paperback books, newspapers and magazines are not going to be happy with that suggestion and neither are individuals who work in the industry or readers who like to hold their reading material in their hands. Nevertheless, it seems inevitable that it will come to pass one day.
Indeed, numerous moves have already been taken in that direction. There are dozens of handheld ebook reading devices on the market, the most well-known of which is almost certainly the Amazon Kindle. The Kindle comes in two sizes: the normal 6″ model for reading ‘regular’ books and the 9.7″ item for reading technical books, newspapers and magazines. Needless to say, the larger model will also display normal books.
The Kindle and lots of the other comparable handheld ebook reading devices will allow the owner to link to an online book shop, library or repository and download books, newspapers and magazines for a fee. Having said that, there are hundreds of thousands of books that are out of copyright, which can be downloaded free of charge from Amazon, Google and the Glutenberg Project.
Lots of these handheld ebook reading devices will hold 3,500 books! That is a great deal of paper, whichever way you look at it. 3,500 books at your finger tips and in your pocket with millions more where they came from and many more being added to the libraries each day. All downloadable from anywhere where the Net is accessible anywhere in the world in a minute or two.
This means that avid readers or researchers never need wait for the bookshop to open again or have to go into town to look for a bookshop or library. How many trees and gallons of petrol can that save you in your life?
It is already widely predicted that universities will start offering course books to their students on such devices within five years and that high schools and colleges will follow suit within ten years. These handheld ebook reading devices are probably not suitable for infants because they are not robust, but private readers are taking them up in a hurry.