As you might imagine, I am a devoted fan of amazon.com. I have a shopping cart loaded with books, just waiting for some extra cash to fall into my purse.
Except… All of those books that I buy are kinda bad for the environment. By environment, I mean my living room which is strewn with books from one end to the other. But they're not great for the earth environment, either.
Enter EcoBrain. EcoBrain is an online bookstore that sells only e-books. Everything in their collection is available in an electronic format. No paper is required, no trees are cut down, and no volumes need to be stuffed under the chairs in the living room. Just what we all need!
You won't see A Thousand Splendid Suns or Sweet Life on EcoBrain, but you will see scads of interesting titles, including Steve and Me by Terri Irwin (Croc Hunter Steve's widow), Container Gardening (a neat-looking how-to manual) and Hoot (2003 Newberry Award winner). The titles generally favor environmental and educational topics, but really, there's a nice variety. A few more that caught my eye: Living Well by Montel Williams, Creating a World Without Poverty by Muhummad Yunus (2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner), and a few titles by Bob Greene (Oprah's fitness guru).
From the Ecobrain website:
We feature popular and current titles from top-publishers in eBook format, the greenest, most eco-friendly book format available today. EcoBrain appeals to eco-minded consumers because eBooks have zero impact on old growth forests and use very little energy to produce and distribute. Plus they take up no room on a bookshelf!
I like that they are making reading a little friendlier for the earth, but without the cost of a fancy device like Kindle.
I covet a fancy device like Kindle, but that's an issue for another review.
Want to try Ecobrain? They're offering a free title right now called Cooking with Tofu. Go download it and see for yourself. While you're there, look around at their selection.
Guess what, Dear Reader! Another giveaway!
Ecobrain is going to give one of my Dear Readers a free copy of the e-book, Radical Simplicity. In order to enter, tell us the last book you read, electronic or otherwise, and leave a way for me to contact you. If either of those are missing, you can't win the giveaway.
I'll pick a winner using random.org in one week, on October 10. Good luck, Dear Reader!
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