Monday, October 3, 2011

Digital or Print?

Both pamphlets were well written and made strong arguments. While print books serve their purpose I was persuaded to side with digital. Although the pamphlet on print books did a great job of highlighting the personal connection to a hard copy of a book, it seems that technology is advancing past that. Although their arguments were not completely reflected of the other they did match up in many places. The accessibility of textbooks and novels around the world shared through the internet was a strong argument compared to the sharing of print books between friends. I enjoyed both, but find myself leaning towards the digital readers in this case.


  1. Are we so certain digital readers are great for the environment though? Books are at the very least biodegradable, and composed of a renewable resource. With the constant tech upgrades which rule the present age, and likely will continue into the future what is going to happen to all the outmoded kindles, Ipads and android tablets? Although the Ipad may be marketed as recyclable in practice they will go straight to landfill I should think. And what of the rare earth metals needed to manufacture smart electronics? There is not an inexhaustible supply of these materials. It is possible print is greener than we've been told.

  2. The points you raised are very valid, but going off only the information the packets provided I would have never thought of that. I would be interesting for the print packet to look into the negative affects of electronics as well as the benefits of print. But are we certain that all books all recycled, and how long does it take a book in the middle of a landfill to biodegrade?