Along with the development of technology has come the realization that the things we humans used to destroy and/or put to waste in order to create other things can now be made in ways where said previous destruction is no longer necessary.
Take, for instance, books.
Back in the days of old, loggers would have to go out and kill thousands, or even millions, of trees in order to supply publishers with enough paper to create the large catalog of books necessary to satisfy their readers’ thirst. Great for people who like to read books, bad for the animals who no longer could use those trees as their home, and bad for humans who like breathing in this thing called “oxygen” trees help produce so we can continue living. (It’s called “photosynthesis,” people!)
But then, somewhere around the late 90s/early ’00s when computers started gaining in popularity, someone somewhere realized that people would probably be just as willing to read books off something other than paper. Heck, they might even be willing to read them electronically – after all, if people are surfing websites all the time reading article after article, it stands to reason they could use that reading time to devour a story with a beginning, middle and end to it!
Soon, electronic devices came out, built specifically so that people could download something on them that had the same stories as those found in books, but in electronic form. And thus, was born one of the greatest creations of the 21st century…
The eBook! (i.e. electronic book)
Upon its creation, millions of trees were instantly saved from the chopping block (pun intended). No longer would you have to flip through bent up pages that were worn and torn, or open up a book from the 1930s that smelled like mold and spiderwebs. Now, people could either download a book onto their computers or buy an electronic reading device (like a Kindle or Nook) to get their reading on.
Best of all, a person can collect a huge library of eBooks and fit them all in ONE place – a much better idea than having a bunch of books sitting around one’s house collecting dust and making the place smell like old paper!
Ah, eBooks… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!
– Aaron P. Taylor
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