Six universities in the U.S. will begin using Amazon’s Kindle DX as a way to save paper. One of the participating schools, the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, hopes the project will help them achieve their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2020.

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The participating schools will be providing the Kindles free to students and professors in the classes selected for the pilot project. But even if it wasn’t free the cost of a Kindle DX is $489.00(US) which is less the some students pay for textbooks in a year.

One problem with this project is that the Kindle isn’t exactly environmentally friendly. It’s made of plastic and when the newer version comes out old Kindles will just be dumped in landfills. But i guess saving paper is never a bad thing.

-Lacey T.