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Timestamp: 2008-11-11 01:19:11 UTC
Congratulations ** Tami **
EcoBrain offers a top-quality selection of eBooks and mp3 audio about the environment and environmentally-friendly living. All content on EcoBrain is in downloadable, digital format, so you can buy green with zero use of forest-pulping paper and only a minimal amount of expended energy.
From Sommer at Green & Clean Mom: “Reading eBooks saves trees and reduces pollution. We all know that when we buy a book, it comes from a tree. It is no secret that many trees come from ancient forests. Forests are dynamic habitats where soil can regenerate, birds can sing, bears can thrive, and the air is purified. Global paper consumption has more than tripled in the past 30 years (World Resources 1998-1999). Paper manufacturing practices are among the 3rd largest polluters of air, land and water. Many of the books read today were printed overseas, shipped to the US and other countries by boat, trucked to distribution centers and then trucked to the local bookstore. Based on research from the Palo Alto Research Center it takes about the equivalent 60 watt-hours of energy to produce one piece of paper. One sheet. This number does not even include the printing or shipping. Because eBooks bypass all of these processes, many of them are sold at 30% below retail, making them an excellent choice for budget conscious consumers.”
High on my gadget wish list is a Kindle Reader from Amazon. It would allow me to purchase eBooks instead of printed paper ones AND take them with me easily wherever I go. I think it would also be fantastic for vacationing since I could easily take ten books on one Kindle Reader instead of ten, heavy, and space-hogging printed ones.
I previewed the current free book at EcoBrain and here’s what I found:
Downloading was super-easy! I didn’t have any problems downloading onto my Mac using Preview (instead of Adobe). I then easily copied everything and pasted into a Pages document. Easy!
Here’s what I like:
- A list of the current top 15 books (that can be expanded to top 100) appears on their home page (on the right)
- When you click on a book title to read a review or book info, a list appears below containing other books on the same or similar topics that you might also be interested in.
- Every 2 weeks they offer a free download on the home page.
- You can easily browse by subject or use the search field to find a specific title, author or subject.
- They have an excellent review section where you can read other customer reviews of a book.
- Setting up an account takes 30 seconds or less and is super-easy.
- You can add items to your wishlist for later purchase with a simple click.
- The books are cheaper than the printed paper equivalents.
EcoBrain is offering a free eBook to one lucky reader! The book is called “Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth” by Jim Merkel. You can read a review and a sample from the text by clicking on the link. I think the book looks fantastic and have added it to my own wishlist.
Giveaway! One lucky reader will win the eBook Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth! To enter the contest, simply leave a message in the comment field (below) describing one thing you and your family have done to “go green”. One extra entry for posting a comment at Twitter about this giveaway & review, then commenting (in a separate comment) here with the URL of your tweet. If you don’t use Twitter, you can email your friends and include me in the email (psychmamma(at)hotmail(dot)com) and leave an additional comment here telling me that you did it. Earn an additional entry by blogging about the giveaway & review and leaving a separate comment with your blog post’s URL. Please leave separate comments for each entry opportunity in order to receive full credit. Contest ends at 6 p.m. EST on Monday, November 10. Comments that don’t follow the posted instructions will be deleted. One winner will be chosen via random number generator. The winner must provide a valid email address and respond to prize notification within 3 days. After 3 days, your prize will be forfeited and another winner will be notified. Contest is open to all readers.
This giveaway is part of the Book Giveaway Carnival at Bookroom Reviews. Go visit the site for more great book giveaways this week!