E-books' popularity crimps demand for paper

Unattributed, CBC News, Jun 26, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Something that is being felt in New Brunswick is a reduced demand for paper. "Canada's paper products industry is in for several years of weakness, partly because consumers are increasingly abandoning paper-based books and switching to the virtual kind, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada." Though there is an economic impact, this is actually good news for the province as its Crown forests have been over-harvested. Wood will be valuable in the long term for much better uses than paper, but it needs a chance to grow (and forestry companies need to obey the law).

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