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Is banning books inherently wrong?
Banning paper books would help save the environment.
The poisonous processes of the book-making industry (bleaching paper, binding glue, factories and shipping that put out carbon dioxide) outweigh the benefits of paper books being produced.
The book industry in America produced
of book paper in 2014, and the percentage of recycled paper used declined from 22% in 2012 to 12% in 2014.
Trees are a renewable resource.
Deforestation which emits high levels of C02 is more associated with land clearance, not domestic production of paper.
Ebook sales have continued to
, and the technology is likely to remain viable and popular for the foreseeable future, thus making a ban on paper books ineffective.
Paper books are primarily carbon. Anything persistent made from carbon helps to "capture" carbon from the atmosphere. So printing more books could help reduce the amount of carbon produced overall which might -- in a small way -- help the environment.