Handheld eBook Reading Devices Everybody knows about the problem of the production of greenhouse gases and the destruction of the rain forests. We all know about the stress that over-crowding puts on the environment and we all know that we are trying to do our bit by recycling. The differences of opinion normally 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 digress. One of the things that readers can do is not buy books, newspapers and magazines. This would relieve the strain on trees and allow the recycled material that we presently use for books, newspapers and magazines to be used on crucial school books. It might even make them a bit cheaper. Obviously, publishers of paperback books, newspapers and magazines are not going to be glad with that suggestion and neither are people 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 about one day. Indeed, many moves have already been made in that direction. There are tens of handheld ebook reading devices on the market, the most famous of which is probably the Amazon Kindle. The Kindle comes in two sizes: the normal 6" model for reading 'regular' books and the 9.7" device for reading technical books, newspapers and magazines. Needless to say, the larger model will also display paperbacks. The Kindle and many 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 every day. All downloadable from anywhere where the Net is available anywhere in the world in a minute or two. This means that enthusiastic readers or researchers never have to 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 selling 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 almost certainly not suitable for infants because they are not strong, but private readers are taking them up rapidly.
Owen Jones, the author of this article, writes on a range of subjects, but is now involved with Kindle screen size. If you want to know more, please go to our web site at Kindle vs Book
Published on Jul 31, 2011
Everybody knows about the problem of the proliferation of greenhouse gases and the destruction of the rain forests. We all know about the st...