E-book readers are becoming more and more popular. You could call it a quiet revolution. The question is, are e-readers capable of replacing the paper back? There is no doubt that the e-reader device has come a long way over the past few years and they are capable of doing so much more than they used to. If you are not familiar with these gadgets, then let me tell you a bit about what they can do. There are several different types to choose from, each with their own characters. You will be able to do more than just read a book on one though I hasten to add, that this in itself is a wonderful thing of course. If you like, you can read a newspaper or magazine on most of them but not only this you can browse the web, to varying degrees efficiency listen to music or even play games.

Some of these e-readers are more dedicated to the art of reading but others are much more of a multi media tool. The thing about book readers is their ability to store a whole library and depending which one you decide to buy, can just put it in your pocket. Some of these can actually store 50,000 books which is quite astonishing. This is enough books to last a lifetime. It is hard to imagine trying to store this amount of books in your own home.

Talking of this amount of books, it becomes clear that the e-reader could eventually have a big impact on the environment. I have collated a few facts and figures which will give you an insight into what I mean. How many trees does it take to print a best seller of say 20,000,000 million copies? It takes about 20,000 trees and a whole load of fossil fuel and processing, shipping and delivery. If you are currently reading a paperback book and it is roughly one inch thick and you piled up 3,500 (this is what the Kindle ebook reader will store) one on top of the other, guess how high it would be? It comes to 275 feet. There is a coincidence here and it is this; the tallest tree in the world is 275 feet tall and is called the General Sherman. If you were to lay 50,000 (the storage capacity of the Apple I-Pad) assuming your book was 8 inches tall, they would stretch for over six miles. If you had 3500 books at 10 ounces each in your library, they would have a combined weight of over a ton. If you include hardback books it would be much more. If the ownership of the e-reader were to equal that of the mobile phone, it doesn’t take much to imagine what the effect would be. It has been suggested that soon, schools themselves will adopt this sort of technology and that every school child will carry one. The saving of resources can only be imagined.

Who knows what the e-book readers device of the future will be like? No doubt it will be a combination of hardware and will replace the laptop. Several manufacturers have made great strides towards this goal and if you have a look at the technical specifications of some of these gadgets, you will see what I mean. One of the great features of owning an e-reader, is its sheer portability. Some of these ebook readers can be put in your pocket. It is a no brainer to realise how much information that can be carried on one of these, books, magazines, newspapers and yes, a whole load of documents of various kinds. So is it time to burn our books? No not yet, but it is obvious that there is a quiet revolution in reading taking place.