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If we take all the industry and resources it takes to create paper, ink, sulfite and other necessary materials for traditional publishing into account we can easily realize the savings in natural resources that eBooks present is a viable alternative for sustainable development. Another advantage is that one gadget can store thousands of books and thus environmental impact is reduced exponentially.

Respected industry experts Guy Kawasaki and Shaun Welch assure that electronic tablets can last ten hours before they need to recharge. Studies by The Electric Power Research Institute estimate that the annual cost of an iPad’s energy recharges is $1.36 in the US. And we can verify that the most basic Kindle models last weeks on one charge.[/tab] [tab title=”Reduced Greenhouse Emissions”]In the US 2 billion paper books were sold in 2010 and to manufacture those books 32 million trees were cut down. If those trees would have not been used, they would have eliminated 44 million tons of CO2 naturally. This has been the price that our civilization has had to pay for the enlightenment that the traditional publishing industry has given us. Until now that we have a better alternative.

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In 2010 for every 100 paper books that were sold, 180 eBooks were sold in the US. That means that 1.2 million trees were saved in and they absorbed 30,412 tons of CO2. 1 electronic reading device saves 690 kg of CO2 emissions per year. In North America 3.1 billion e-readers are sold annually those devices save 49.6 million trees that absorb 1.19 million tons of CO2 every year since 2009.

Other unaccounted savings in CO2 emissions are in the physical transportation needed to ship paper books and for customers to go to bookstores or have them mailed. E-readers allow for books to be transported on internet Wi-Fi. And because Editorial Indie is a cloud-sourced organization, we reduce transportation, traditional office operations expenses and physical storage needs. [/tab] [/tabs]

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