Analysis

Ecological impact of e-readers and digital reading

In the United States, the e-reader market is much more developed than in Europe and e-book sales account for nearly a quarter of sales. At first glance, this “de-materialization” may seem a good thing, making it possible to produce fewer paper books, objects that require cutting down trees, bleaching leaves, producing ink… Nevertheless, digital reading is not fundamentally ecological. What should we think about it?

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