“Green Jobs – A Guide to Eco-Friendly Employment” Book Review

be Friendly Books 1I just finished reading “Green Jobs: A guide to Eco-Friendly Employment” by Bronwyn Llewellyn. I run a green jobs blog as well as a green jobs job board so I read several books like this per week. I must say that this is one of the better books in the category if not the best. Green jobs are all the rage right now and the author does a great job of explaining what green jobs are and more importantly how to get one. The author combines useful job search tips with an explanation of the importance of helping the environment. His passion for the subject spilled out onto the pages and helped draw me in to keep reading.

The best part of the book for me besides the ton of useful knowledge, was the easy to read and easy to follow format. I also like the fact the author presented a lot of information regarding the Internet and how it could help in the search for green jobs. He even provides website links for his readers.

If I can offer one criticism it would be that the book did have some dated information and was not the most cutting edge book on the subject matter. A great deal of the book was spent on talking about older “green” topics like recycling instead of the future of green jobs like, renewable energy jobs, solar and wind, and bio-fuels.

Ebook Downloads Are an Eco Friendly Way to Read Books

Whenever you have to read information or your favorite book, it is not necessary that you be a member of the public library, as you can very well do it on your personal computer within minutes. Ebooks are electronic formats of printed books in the form of a PDF or word document and can be saved on your computer. Because ebooks don’t require the use of paper made from trees, they are considered as eco friendly. They can be easily downloaded from the Internet through any web library and you can save it on your computer so that you can read it at your own convenience.

E-books carry many benefits and hence have increased their popularity too. The major advantage is that it saves your time. One need not waste much time looking for shops to purchase books. The process can be simplified by downloading an eBook online, it will just take minutes. Moreover, there are many books that cost just too much money, while the ebooks that you get online are most of the time FREE. You can simply type in your search in Google and find the eBook that you desire. Since you are looking for free product you might have to compensate it by giving away your details like, your name and your email ID through which you will receive your free download.

be Friendly Books 2eBook downloads also take less space and can be saved on a CD without much effort. You can also maintain an eBook in a folder, and at the same time maintain your collection of different ebooks on a CD. The best part of eBook downloads is that you don’t have to maintain a separate room or library for storing your favorite eBook for your collection. You can also download ebooks from the Internet and get a few bonuses which one may never get when you buy a printed book from your book store.

eBook downloads are considered as portable, so one can always carry a library of hundreds of books on a single CD and travel with them to your favorite destinations. You don’t have to worry about the weight of the books or even about the shipment or travel charges.

The advantages of downloadable ebooks are many. You don’t destroy any trees while reading an ebook. They can be obtained instantly and can also be stored on your computer instantly. So, if you have to read a book, the best way is the eco friendly way through eBook downloads.

Which One To Get, Printed Books Or Ebooks?

You can visit your favorite bookstore at the mall for a $3.99 copy of Charles Dickens’s Tale of Two Cities or the Complete Works of Shakespeare which, depending on the book binding quality, can cost anywhere form $10 to hundreds.

You can even go online at Barnes & Noble or at Amazon for a quick browse on the titles you want, place an order and pay not just for the book but the shipping charges if the book is not on special free shipping offer. Then wait a few days or over the weekend before the package arrives at your doorstep.

But there’s a better way to get your reading material. Order the eBook version. You can get them from the comfort and privacy of your homes by ordering online. But if you are interested in the works of Shakespeare, Chekhov, Dickens, Poe, Hawthorne, Hemingway or any of the great literary artists of the past that are in the public domain, you can get free eBooks of their works online.

Benefits and Disadvantages

It’s easy to predict that just like the CD made obsolete the analog LP, the eBooks will soon make printed books obsolete. In the same way that online classified ads and news portals have not killed off the daily broadsheets, though admittedly they are suffering from reduced readership, it’s too early to prognosticate the demise of books. We’ll leave to history if they go the way of the dinosaurs. In the meantime, here are a few of the good and bad things one can say about either formats:-

be Friendly Books 7Used as school and college textbooks, printed books consume about 200,000 tons of paper that require felling 4 million trees each year. This is about 20% of the total paper used in printing book. Obviously, if you’re one of these exposing eco-friendly or earth-friendly lifestyles, patronizing printed books is not a choice.
Books can be read even in the jungles or in the boondocks on extended camping trips for days. Unless you have a bagful of spare batteries, your Kindle or iPad won’t last more than 10 hours.
See if your Kindle or iPad can survive being dropped on concrete.
Reading books is the hallmark of being an intellectual. Reading on a Kindle or iPad is the hallmark of being a geek. It’s cool besides. Just don’t get caught reading a kindle when it starts raining.
Reading a paperback novel requires some effort to make the page remain open as the paperback loves to stay close. You have to resort to a bookmarking device inserted on your current page. Reading on a Kindle or iPad is effortless, though you need to stand the machine upright to be read.
You can store thousands of titles on your eBook readers that are smaller than a laptop. You need a room and some shelving furniture to do the same for books.
No paper books are free, though you can get some in less than a dollar or in buy-1-take-1 deals in thrift shops. But you can download free eBooks online in a matter of seconds at no cost.