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September 7, 2011

Humans Pay Fearful Price for Cheap E-Books

Filed under: e-tailers — Tags: , , , , , , — Bookblurb @ 5:28 am

By Richard Curtis

A while back we wondered what was going to happen to your Kindle, Nook, or iPad when the next generation of e-readers replaced them. “If what’s happening in Europe is any guideline,” we wrote “it will end up in a toxic e-waste landfill in Asia and Africa where the destitute, many of them children, will scavenge it for scrap. These scavengers incur horrifying and often fatal skin, lung, intestinal and reproductive organ ailments from the plastics, metals and gases that go into discarded cell phones, televisions, computers, keyboards, monitors, cables and similar e-scrap.”

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