EcoBrain eBooks Review and Giveaway!

03 Nov

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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!


Posted by on November 3, 2008 in Giveaways, Going Green, Product Reviews


25 responses to “EcoBrain eBooks Review and Giveaway!

  1. Tarie

    November 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Hello! My family and I have gone green by owning a farm. 😀 We grow our own fruits and vegetables, like tomatoes, papayas, and lemons. There was even a time we got milk from our own cows – we made butter and everything!

    Thanks for this chance to win Radical Simplicity. It sounds like an interesting read! My email addy is

  2. Heidi

    November 3, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    We are cooking from scratch more for health and to cut down on packaging we purchase.

    Thanks for the chance to win, going to read up on that book more!

  3. sito

    November 3, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    We purchase used when possible, try to buy eco-friendly when it’s available and donate when we no longer need it so someone else can benefit.

  4. Jennifer

    November 3, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    One thing my family and I have done to “go green” is to join a CSA.

  5. Sherry

    November 3, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    We have stopped using styrofoam (or other throw-away material) plates, cups, silverware, etc.

  6. bookroomreviews

    November 3, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks for posting about this site. I want to try a Kindle too,
    Also, Just wanted to stop by and say hi and thanks for participating in the carnival:) I’ll be back to read your post on saving on groceries!

  7. Patricia Newhouse

    November 4, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for the offer, my family and I are working towards simplicity and could use all of the help we can get, we would love to win this book!!!

  8. Stephanie Gregory

    November 4, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    A few months back a family member of mine gave me a couple homemade reusable grocery bags, like the cloth ones you can buy. And that made me think, that any old tote bag would work for groceries. So I went home and rounded up all my tote bags and I now carry them in my van for when I do my grocery shopping. Our family member even gave my husband a bag with a camo print, just for him to carry in his car for his last minute runs to the store.
    My email is

  9. Aileen

    November 4, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I have been taking my own recycle bags into the stores and trying to tell others to do the same.

  10. Susan Nugent

    November 4, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Our family has gone green by trading in our use of 4 wheels and going on 2 – makes for healthy bodies and clean air!

  11. Donna

    November 4, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    We cut back on gas expense by driving less and walking when possable.

  12. Michelle

    November 5, 2008 at 9:36 am

    To be green we use cloth bags when we shop. We not only use cloth bags but I make reuseable shopping bags for all my friends. I try to personalize them with a theme for each friend so it will be easier for them to remember. So far it is working. Most of my friends now take them shopping with them.

  13. Ann Marie Miller

    November 5, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    No more water bottles. We use glasses instead of buying water bottles.

  14. Michele

    November 5, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    My daughter and I have got rid of all the Plastic Bags. We have purchased our own bags so everytime we go to the store we bring our own bags alone.

  15. Tami

    November 5, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    We are starting in small ways: using recycleable bags, combining errands into one trip, joining a CSA and planting a garden, canning vegetables, donating old items and changing bulbs to CFLs. Every little change helps!

  16. jenni dixon

    November 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    We unplug everything that we are not using and keep lights shut off. Thanks.

  17. Laura Amarys

    November 5, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Our family has started keeping bags in the car so we can just grab one (or the # we will need) when we go into a store, then we don’t have to make a decision about paper or plastic. At first it was hard to remember to take them in with us, but if we forgot, we walked back out to get them, it doesn’t take too long to create a good habit.

  18. Nicole P

    November 5, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    My family recently took up recycling. It’s not offered in our area, so each week I pick up the newspapers my family has and bring them to the animal shelter. They are part of the Paper Retreiver project, so with my help they may be able to win prizes. I have also stopped using plastic bags and invested in the reusable bags at grocery stores.
    We also changed our light bulbs to the CFLs in the rooms we use the most. It’s a start for my family at least!

  19. Marigold

    November 5, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    During a recent overhaul of my apartment, I challenged myself to use as many “green” and renewable sources as possible. We did the floors and panelling in bamboo, used special, eco-friendly, clay-based paints, sured up the insulations to save on heating, and replaced all the old and outdated appliances with newer, energy-efficient models. It wasn’t the cheapest renovation we’ve done, but it sure is the most satisfying. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  20. Tiffany

    November 6, 2008 at 5:06 am

    We reduce, reuse, recycle!

  21. Katrina

    November 7, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    My family recycles and we changed all our light bubs. We shut the lights off when not in use, keep the water off when brushing, and unplug things that are not in use!

  22. iMommy

    November 7, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    We aren’t great at going green… but one thing that we have done, which maybe isn’t considered going “green”, is try to eat less pre-packaged and take-out foods.. both for the reduction in waste and the additional money in our pocketbooks. 🙂

  23. Donna K

    November 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    We recycle.

  24. Connie K

    November 10, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    We recently purchased a new doormat that is from recycled pop bottles. We also recycle paper for our printer–it’s surprising how much that saves!

  25. Tami

    November 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you so much! I can’t wait to get it.


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