E-books are all the rage now. The younger people of our generation are leaning towards more eco-friendly alternatives nowadays. As of recent, I believe people have become more digital than ever before. However, some people still prefer the old ways, such as reading physical or traditional books. I’m not here to tell you that you’re wasting your time; rather, I’m here to inform you that you’re slowly but steadily harming the Earth. Isn’t it common knowledge that paper is made by shredding trees?
You see, shredding trees for books that will eventually be thrown away irresponsibly is just a waste of resources and it’s hurting the Earth too. You can reduce your carbon footprint by producing e-books. The amount of greenhouse gases produced by our actions is referred to as our carbon footprint. The less paper you use, the better for the environment. Rather than printing hundreds or thousands of physical books, create an e-book and preserve the environment. Plus, publishing e-books is considerably more convenient because you can reach a broader audience. This is due to the fact that it will be easily available to everybody on the planet. They would only require a smart gadget, which the vast majority of us currently own.
Furthermore, when you publish e-books, especially on various platforms, your target audience will find them easier. You could even use numerous social media platforms to advertise your work. Let me reinforce that e-books are now more convenient to publish, in addition to being quickly found. People wouldn’t have to buy a physical book because we’re all in the middle of a pandemic in 2021. They’d be able to buy your e-book from the convenience of their own homes. As a result, you’d be minimizing your carbon footprint as well as the risk of another outbreak, as previously stated.
Fewer Production Costs
If you’re planning to print hundreds or thousands of copies of your latest written work, reconsider your choices. Printing books in large quantities, especially hundreds or thousands, requires a significant amount of time, labour, and, most significantly, money. So, not only is printing physical books bad for the environment, but it’s also bad for your cash! There is no better incentive to choose e-books over paper books. Thus, publishing your written works as e-books will cost you little to no money and give you more profit since you did not have to spend as much on the production costs itself.
It will cost less for students as well since they have to spend a significant amount of money to buy physical textbooks. As a result, I believe that many students would prefer e-books. It would be easier to obtain and less expensive because they would not require a physically printed version, which would be more expensive. Plus, thanks to recent technological advancements, you can now take notes on your gadgets. Furthermore, publishing thousands of textbooks takes a lot of time and money, which is why printed textbooks are more expensive anyway.
Less Use Of Space
Of course, any books we obtain or those that are produced will take up room. Even space can be costly at times. When books are released, for example, they will be available in bookstores first for quite a long time before being of lesser value. The expense of getting the books stocked, as well as the rent for the shops, must be paid by the owners of those bookstores. Aside from that, there are places like libraries where merely storing books costs a lot of money. We can, however, make better use of such places if we transition to e-books and start implementing them everywhere, especially in schools. Furthermore, e-books can be kept on your devices and better yet we can now safely save both our data and our e-books using cloud technology that is made available to us as of the 21st century.
Beneficial For Our Environment
As mentioned, e-books are created by shredding trees, and in order to shred them, humans must cut them down in large numbers. Especially when over a hundred copies of a book or any other type of publication are being printed. Not to mention the prohibitively high price of publishing a book. You wouldn’t have to worry about production expenses with e-books, so they’d be less expensive than physical books. Both the publisher and the reader benefit from it. In any case, if we begin to limit our usage of physical books, we will be able to cut deforestation and preserve the planet. Deforestation causes landslides, increases carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, and may contribute to global warming, thus it’s far preferable to gradually transition to e-books.
Other than global warming and problems with our carbon footprint, it is also possible to reduce pollution by converting to e-books or implementing their use in schools or institutions. Every year, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of books are discarded. It could be because the book is no longer in use, or because an author has too many copies and did not sell them all, leaving them with duplicates. As a result, those books will be discarded in either case. Although some are recycled, a significant amount is still discarded in an irresponsible manner. Thus, switching to e-books would profit the environment as well.
That is why e-books cost so much less to produce compared to physical books. They provide profits to any author, publisher or student out there. For authors, they would not have to wait so long for their written work to be published, For publishers, they would not have to spend a lot of money on producing or printing physical books. And for students, they get to save money on textbooks and carry a lighter weight to class every day. E-books bring profit to everyone, even the environment, in many different ways. We just have to be open to the idea of transitioning from physical books to e-books so that we can altogether benefit from using them.