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Three little thing to consider about the environmental impact of e-books

The Conversation just published an article that tries to compare the environmental costs of eReaders and shelfs of books. While overall that is a good article, I see no mention in it, or in the comments, of three important facts about reading, readers and ICT.

Dear Green Activists, will you please start to take file formats seriously?

Shortly after its release, I explained why the .WWF file format isn’t a really green and smart idea. Here I answer, with an invite to all environmentalists and green activists, to a critique from Marghe, a reader who got upset because (synthesizing):

No peace for the "Save As WWF" campaign

(funny update on Jan 14th, 2011, see bottom of page) On November 30, 2010, the German section of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) launched Save As WWF, Save a Tree, a “green” (because not printable) file format.

Are iPad apps green and culture-friendly?

Todd Woody has written an interesting piece for the Grist magazine about the “iPad’s potential as a green machine”. In “iPadding into the future” Todd explains why and how, besides being very good for the environment, reading newspapers and magazines on an iPad also is a much more pleasurable experience than reading their paper versions.

What is Trashware? A way to save money and pollute less with computers!

A reader of this website recently asked me what the word Trashware exactly means. Here is a short explanation and a few pointers to more informations.

The connections among Education, Green ICT and Free Software

During the fOSSa 2010 conference in Grenoble, several speakers talked about how much Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) is important in two fields that are strictly related for the future of our society: education and environmental sustainability. This is a synthesis of the most important points that emerged in those talks (My full fOSSa report is in a separate page).