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Behold the Triumph of the E-Book

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Posted on May 23, 2011
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Amazon’s popular Kindle has ushered in a new era for book buffs.

Although there are those purists out there who still insist on reading actual books—as in the kind that come from trees—Amazon’s grand pooh-bah Jeff Bezos announced last week that sales of e-books have now surpassed that of their analog counterparts.  —KA

The New York Post:

For every 100 traditional print volumes sold last month, Amazon sold 105 e-books, the company said.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

G.D. Wymer, May 25 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment
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I always have to laugh about the “save a tree” reason people use when disparaging hard copy books. It is absurd and simply not true. Have these green saints considered the cost of modern technology?
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Oxygen getting a little thin in your ivory tower?
Technology is going to be there.  Can you say how many books I have to Kindle before my Kindle is greener than books? Or is is your preposterous contention that you NEVER can catch up?  I have about 100 books on my Kindle currently.  That’s a 100 books worth of trees and energy…has the environmental “cost” of producing my Kindle bee met or exceeded yet? When will it?

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By Kate, May 26, 2011 at 7:40 am Link to this comment
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Many people like both. I love that I can download any un-copyrighted book for free on my Kindle, and it’s much nicer than lugging around several heavy books when I go on long trips.  I also like it for reading foreign-language books, since my dictionaries are right there - and I like being able to change the type size when my eyes get tired.

That said, it’s hard to beat the feel of a real book in your hands!  Both are great, and I expect many people will continue to want both options.

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By G.D. Wymer, May 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment
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I always have to laugh about the “save a tree” reason people use when
disparaging hard copy books. It is absurd and simply not true. Have these
green saints considered the cost of modern technology? What about all the raw
materials and rare earth elements that go into making these new toys? Has
anyone ever seen the mountainous scrap piles in China or on the various coasts
of the third world countries where so much of our own techno-trash ends up?

I see people with their e-book appliances all the time. Nothing wrong with the
idea or use of them I suppose; but how is it that these savvy greenies can be so
self-righteous about this when most of them are still driving huge vehicles,
voting for politicians that now make up the most conservative, ignorant and
just plain stupid legislative body in the world?

Bezos is simply shilling his products. And for those who delight in the
possibility that e-reading will simply get more people to read, let’s just take a
look at what they’re reading first. Stupid people will still read stupid things and
there is more to read than ever in the history of mankind. Where is all this
technology getting us?  Bezos is certainly no Gutenberg. He is substantively
changing nothing in civilization or real culture.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 25, 2011 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

I figure every book I read on Kindle is a tree saved, fuel not burned, resources not consumed on everything from paper to trucking the books to the store. And they cost less too!

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By Go Right Young Man, May 24, 2011 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment

I too much prefer hard copy.  I do appreciate, however, being able to carry several books as I travel.  I tend to read dependent on mood. 

I also enjoy the WiFi Nook.

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By IcanDealwithHippiesbutThisGuy?, May 24, 2011 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

I enjoy hard copies myself, but if it (kindle) gets more people reading - the better! So now bookstores will have to plot out the future of their existence as well though… much like the demise of the music stores.

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