Environmentally Friendly E-Books: Can E-Books be environmentally friendly? The answer to that question is yes! If you buy an E-Reader read at least 14 E-Books on it before buying a new one then you’ve made your carbon footprint smaller. And that is because the energy and manufacturing costs required to make an E-Reader are then less than the costs of manufacturing 14 paper books. A recent National Geographic article, titled eBooks Help the Environment One Download at a Time, discusses that fact — that reading E-Books can reduce your carbon footprint; because the energy and manufacturing used to create printed paper books actually increases the collective carbon foot print of the human race each year by producing 1.5 metric tons of paper and 8.85 pounds of carbon dioxide for each paper book printed.
Here’s a link to the National Geographic article if you’d like to read more on this subject:
Tablets In Every Room: A new Time article, titled A Tablet in Every Room: How to ‘Think Different’ About the Future, discusses how tablet usage is increasing and what people do, and can do, with tablets in every room of their house. For example, tablets are gaining in popularity as kitchen helpers since they provide recipes, cooking apps and allow cooks to access the internet for information regarding ingredients, recipes or anything else related to cooking. And people are increasingly using tablets in their living rooms to look up information and access E-Books and games via apps. So people are looking up information about things like that new TV series or movie that they’ve just heard about or to answer questions about programs they are watching like – “Who is that actress I just saw in that old episode of Hill Street Blues? And why does she look familiar?”
Here’s the link to the Time article:
Streaming Video: USA Today offers an article, titled Streaming Video Options, which discusses how you can cheaply access movies and TV shows by streaming them from the Internet to the TV in your living room. You can stream video, by a wireless or in some cases plugged in Internet connection, by utilizing a number of devices including a Roku Player (a small media streaming device) , an Apple TV (another small media streaming device), Blu-Ray and regular DVD players and new HDTVs among other devices. Here’s the link to the USA Today story:
Department of Justice vs. Apple & Publishers E-Book Update: As an addendum, It has just been reported by the New York Times that U.S. Justice Department is indeed going to see Apple and several of the largest publishers in the U.S., Simon & Schuster, Hachette, HarperCollins and Penguin, for violating Federal anti-trust laws by colluding to raise the price of E-Books by adopting the so called Agency Model which dictates that booksellers cannot set the price they use to sell E-Books instead they must accept the price the publishers set.
Here’s a link to that article: