How about distributing just "soft" copies from online resources or scanned material? That'll save lots of trees..
Until recently Bhikku Bodhi's translations haven't been available in electronic form and are still not available in cheaply in electronic form. Our discussion group has many drop in participants. That and the price of ebook readers makes us uncomfortable requiring such things. Most of us do not like ebook readers.
As an aside, as far as I know most of the electricity in the United States comes from coal, so it isn't my personal belief that they are more green from using paper( trees can be regrown, quality paper can be made from other plants and even waste materials ). I've read a number of articles that old computers have toxic elements in them and often get sent to 3rd countries where poor children get paid to take them apart for "recycling".
That is aside......which I don't want this thread to get hijacked for.
If you would like to talk about the environmental, intellectual and other costs of e-book readers please feel free to start your own thread. I will jump in and participate.
If anyone has information in regards to my original questions please feel free to post in this thread.