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Bob Tullman

First, I am a diehard lover of books and of Libraries. That said, the e-reader changed my life and I cannot imagine being without one.

I started my e-reading adventures with an old Palm Pilot (when they were new!). I loved having multiple books literally in my pocket. Gone was any stress associated with lines in the grocery store, post office, doctor's waiting room etc. A book was always with me. As a Science Fiction fan, the Baen Free Library - http://baen.com/library/ provided tons of freebies, and their monthly bundles were dirt cheap as well.

Now I use a Nook Color, and while the form factor isn't quite as convenient as the Palm for portability, the reading experience is much better. The Palm was a bit better in direct sunlight, but harder on the eyes due to the smaller screen.

My other guilty pleasure is reading via Audiobook during commutes. Again, the Library is a great source for audiobooks, as is the site http://www.librivox.com which has a lot of volunteer produced public domain audiobooks.

I guess the old yellowed used bookstore purchased paperback is the greenest of the options, but there is a time and place for e-readers and audio as well. The Public Library now offers e-books as well as dead tree and audiobooks, so I vote for LIBRARIES as the #1 option for all reading needs.

Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

Very good points here, Bob. I can especially relate to having a book with you wherever you go, so that waiting is no longer a hassle. (That's why I always have my iPad with me.) I also appreciate your comment about Audiobooks--essential for long, boring commutes! Thanks also for the helpful links!


I have a kindle fire. I got it for Christmas. I love it. For the reason you said, you can collect books without the physical clutter. I also am cheap, and almost everything I download on kindle I do so for free.

That being said, the library is my favorite place. I call it my "Happy place". I dream of working in the library :) I also love independent bookshops. We have a used bookstore and an independent bookshop in my town and I love them both. I love the sensual experience of reading a book you do not get from an ebook, the feel of turning the pages and the smell of a new book (I have been caught "sniffing" new books- I assure you I am not a totaly weirdo though) or even the different smells of library books. I cannot imagine a world without books.

Anyway, now that I have thoroughly frightened you off, I will say I look forward to textbooks becoming "ebook -ized". It will be nice for students to carry around a tablet as opposed to a 40lbs bag of books like I had to do in high school (back in the stone ages before ebooks lol).

Well, thats my 2 cents (or 50 bucks, judging by the length of my post)


Joy @ JoyfullyGreen.com

Kate, I love libraries and bookshops, too, so I 100% relate to your "Happy Place" sentiment! I hope we never have to face a world without "real" books (or "real" libraries or "real" bookshops).

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    Igor Siwanowicz: Animals Up Close
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    Leo Lionni: Frederick [English Edition]
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    Terry Allan Hicks: Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Tell Me Why, Tell Me How)
    For commentary, see "Appreciating Autumn" post in Nature & Wildlife.

  • Betsy Maestro: Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)

    Betsy Maestro: Why Do Leaves Change Color? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2)
    For commentary, see "Appreciating Autumn" post in Nature & Wildlife.

  • Alison Inches: I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books)

    Alison Inches: I Can Save the Earth!: One Little Monster Learns to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (Little Green Books)
    "One little monster learns to reduce, reuse, and recycle." That's all good, of course, but my own children laugh out loud every time they read how Max the Little Monster (before his attitude adjustment) clogs up the toilet with too much toilet paper, yelling "Hungry Toilet!" Kids...they just love the potty humor. Made from 100% recycled paper.

  • Julia Rawlinson: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

    Julia Rawlinson: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves
    This book is incredibly sweet. A sensitive, little fox named Fletcher cannot understand what is happening to his beloved tree at the onset of autumn, and he tries everything in his power to keep the leaves on the tree. When he wakes up one winter morning to find his tree covered in dazzlingly beautiful snow crystals, it chokes me up every time. Although it's not about saving the earth, the book is a lovely tribute to nature and its seasons.

  • Diane Muldrow: We Planted a Tree

    Diane Muldrow: We Planted a Tree
    I love how this relatively new book (published in 2010) is charmingly illustrated in the same style as those Little Golden Books from the 1960's. In simple prose, the book explains what happens when you plant a tree and watch it grow, while enjoying the benefits of fruit, shade, budding flowers, and cleaner air.

  • Dr. Seuss: The Lorax (Classic Seuss)

    Dr. Seuss: The Lorax (Classic Seuss)
    This book is a classic for a reason. As I was reading it for the first time to my children, I could see the shock and sadness on their faces when the very first Truffula Tree was chopped down. Unlike the progression of The Curious Garden (see below), things just keep getting worse--all in the name of "progress." It ends with a powerful message: "UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Great for generating conversations with young children about caring for and protecting natural resources. Printed on recycled paper.

  • Peter Brown: The Curious Garden

    Peter Brown: The Curious Garden
    First, I have to admit it: As a mom, I'm *slightly* bothered that a little boy is walking around a creepy city all by himself, and "stumbles upon a dark stairwell" which he decides to head up. However, this book is simply magical, so I'll chalk it up to "willing suspension of disbelief" and let it go. With each page, as Liam grows from a novice gardener into a Green Thumb Extraordinaire, the dreary city in which everybody stays inside becomes a green utopia that everybody enjoys. Liam helps the whole city to bloom, and changes the mindsets of its citizens, simply by taking the first steps and sticking to his mission--without any preaching whatsoever. My favorite parts are the multiple spreads with no words at all, which depict how the gray, dirty city is growing greener and cleaner with the passage of time, thanks to our hero. Printed on recycled paper.

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