No trees are destroyed in the making of an eBook. Sounds like a good thing, n'est-ce pas? You don't have to take a living tree, kill it, mash it into pulp, squish it into paper, print a book on it, read it, and, some day, send it off to book heaven. A book, it could be argued, is pre-trash.
So shouldn't an eBook, which is kind of nothing, be a lot better environmentally speaking?
Some would say that it depends on how many books you read. Producing devices for reading eBooks requires resources, as does producing traditional books. How many traditional books do you have to replace with eBooks to offset the environmental impact of the creation of the reading device? As few as fourteen? As many as a hundred? Estimates vary.
Some would say that it depends on what kinds of devices the eBooks end up being read on. If readers move to some kind of tablet that they use not only for reading but for accessing the Internet so that they no longer need a desktop or laptop, they'll be using a lot less equipment and the resources required to make them.
Some would say that it really just depends.