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E-Books Outsell Paper on Amazon.com: Is That Good for the Environment?

E-Books Outsell Paper on Amazon.com: Is That Good for the Environment? | Audio Industry - eBooks and Their Impacts | Scoop.it
Saving trees may not be the biggest impact of the switch to iPad-like devices.
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This article discusses the benefits and cons of ebooks in regards to the environment.

 

Some people say that eBooks are more environmentally friendly, but they don't really consider the proccess that it takes to create devices such as iPads or Kindles in order to read the eBooks. Even if it initially seems environmentally friendly, the process of creating the devices could pollute just as much as chopping trees and processing books can. Besides, people can used recycled paper for book pages.

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Audiobooks: A rising industry and multitasker's dream

Audiobooks: A rising industry and multitasker's dream | Audio Industry - eBooks and Their Impacts | Scoop.it

With more people carrying smartphones and digital devices, audiobooks are becoming more affordable, more accessible and more popular.


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This article is from yet another reliable news site that updates quite often. The article is better than the first, and it does discuss one of the negative sides for ebooks.

 

Ebooks are prospering, and that is good, since it has become much easier on the consumers' pockets, especially with this time and economy. 

 

However, since ebooks prosper and are more convenient, nobody buys books, and hence the bookstores lose business and are in decline. Borders had claimed bankruptcy, one of many bookshops to fall into the pits.

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“I read all the time. It’s all I do. I have on my smartphone, 34, at the moment, 34 recorded books. I got up today and it was pitch-dark in downtown Provo and I went for my morning walk listening to a book. And I’ll drive back to Salt Lake City Airport listening to a book. I shaved this morning listening to a book. I go through three hours of listening to books a day. I go through 70 books a year. Over a decade, that’s 700 books — adds up — and a little bit of it sticks,” the Pulitzer Prize-winner said. “So read. Read, read, read more.”

Angela Quach's curator insight, November 8, 2013 6:03 PM

This article speaks mostly of the pros of ebooks. Coming from a news site, they seem quite reliable, and they do update often. 

 

This article seems much too focused on the pros, and is definitely biased, though it does make good key points. It fails to show the negative sides of eBook, and though the con below is more my opinion than anything, I still believe it is one thing taken away when books are not read by us, but by another to us.

 

Books are now being read to us instead of being printed; it is convenient for those who need to multitask. However, the power of imagination is slowly deteriorating when someone else reads it to us, and it makes the reading just a little less fun.

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Readers getting cheaper, but rising e-book prices causing sticker shock

When Amazon.com Inc. introduced its first Kindle e-reader back in November 2007, the $9.99 digital best seller was a key selling point. Today, the price of a Kindle has plummeted to under $100 -- from $399 back then. But e-book prices for some popular titles have soared.

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This source is also from a reliable newsfeed. This discusses the cons of ebooks pretty well. Unlike "Audiobooks: A rising industry and multitasker's dream ", this one actually focuses more on the con of ebooks.

 

Though initially cheap, and though the kindle is now cheaper, the prices of ebooks have started to rise. Some are even more expensive than the paperback counterparts. This is probably due to the high demand of digital copies, and since demand is low for hard-copies, they are much cheaper.

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Angela Quach's curator insight, November 8, 2013 6:44 PM

This source is also from a reliable newsfeed. This discusses the cons of ebooks pretty well. Unlike the first article, this one actually focuses more on the con of ebooks.

 

Though initially cheap, and though the kindle is now cheaper, the prices of ebooks have started to rise. Some are even more expensive than the paperback counterparts. This is probably due to the high demand of digital copies, and since demand is low for hard-copies, they are much cheaper.

 

 

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Spotlight: What is the impact of eBooks on print book sales?

Spotlight: What is the impact of eBooks on print book sales? | Audio Industry - eBooks and Their Impacts | Scoop.it

What is happening to our bookstores? Updated from November 2010
During the past few years we have witnessed the demise of many more independent booksellers...

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This article discusses the cons of the eBooks, and how they have impacted the chains of bookstores, such as Borders and Barnes and Nobles.

 

Even though eBooks are convenient, bookstores are closing everywhere around the country. With the stores goes the events that bookstores host, such as authors speaking or book signings. People's knowledge of books also decrease little by little, since the sypnosis of a book can only give you so much information.

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E-book sales almost doubled in 2012, rising to $3.04 billion

E-book sales almost doubled in 2012, rising to $3.04 billion | Audio Industry - eBooks and Their Impacts | Scoop.it
The total revenue generated by e-book sales in the U.S. in 2012 was $3.04 billion, a 44.2% increase over the year before. That gain was announced in the preliminary year-end report released...
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This article is from yet another reliable news site that updates quite often. The article is better than "Audiobooks: A rising industry and multitasker's dream " and it does discuss one of the negative sides for ebooks.

 

Ebooks are prospering, and that is good, since it has become much easier on the consumers' pockets, especially with this time and economy. 

 

However, since ebooks prosper and are more convenient, nobody buys books, and hence the bookstores lose business and are in decline. Borders had claimed bankruptcy, one of many bookshops to fall into the pits.

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Angela Quach's curator insight, November 8, 2013 6:16 PM

This article is from yet another reliable news site that updates quite often. The article is better than the first, and it does discuss one of the negative sides for ebooks.

 

Ebooks are prospering, and that is good, since it has become much easier on the consumers' pockets, especially with this time and economy. 

 

However, since ebooks prosper and are more convenient, nobody buys books, and hence the bookstores lose business and are in decline. Borders had claimed bankruptcy, one of many bookshops to fall into the pits.