GreenCitizen: Independent publishers ask – how green are e-books?

When Joe Hutsko of the New York Times tried to learn more about the Kindle, he reported, “Phone calls and e-mail messages to Amazon inquiring about the materials in the popular Kindle device have thus far gone unanswered.”

via GreenCitizen: Independent publishers ask-how green are e-books?.


One Minute Review: Verso Clip-On Reading Light

When it comes to reading in bed at night, I’d typically rest a Petzl LED headlamp on my chest and aim it at my Kindle or book to provide excellent illumination for comfortable reading in the dark. Designed mainly for cycling and other outdoor in-the-dark uses, the Petzl served me well as a faithful bedtime companion for many years.

However I’ve recently kicked the Petzl out of my bed in favor of another reading light: The Verso Clip-On Reading Light. It’s small and lightweight, has a single bright LED light, and its padded clip attaches easily and firmly to my Kindle 3′s leather case.

Some users have complained there’s only one brightness setting on/off), while other book lights offer two settings. The single setting works fine for me.

Two small quibbles:

  1. Although light spreads a nice and even swath of light on the Kindle screen without creating a glaring “hotspot” in the display itself, the “amazonkindle” logo does reflect some glare that’s a bit distracting to the point of I find myself holding my Kindle with my thumb over the logo to block the glare.
  2. Amazon sells the light in white, red or turquoise ($19.99), however I bought the black model ($14.99) to match my graphite Kindle 3 at a nearby Borders store rather than purchase the light from Amazon.

Neither gripe has anything to do with the light itself, which makes it easy for me to recommend the Verso Clip-On Reading Light for bedtime book reading of every shape and size and format (including good ol’ fashioned real books, too). Verso Clip-On Reading Light for Kindle.


Checking in: 2010 Neuroscience Boot Camp @ University of Penn

Attending the 2010 Neuroscience Boot Camp at University of Penn here in sunny Philadelphia (August 1 through 11). Stay tuned for the occasional “brainy” dispatch.

    Neuroscience is increasingly relevant to a number of professions and academic disciplines beyond its traditional medical applications. Lawyers, educators, economists and businesspeople, as well as scholars of sociology, philosophy, applied ethics and policy, are incorporating the concepts and methods of neuroscience into their work. Indeed, for any field in which it is important to understand, predict or influence human behavior, neuroscience will play an increasing role. The Penn Neuroscience Boot Camp is designed to give participants a basic foundation in cognitive and affective neuroscience and to equip them to be informed consumers of neuroscience research.

    Penn’s Neuroscience Boot Camp has been endorsed by the Neuroethics Society as a way for non-neuroscientists to gain a better understanding of the science behind the proliferation of new “neurofields” including neuroethics.


Tech Talk | Green Gadgets For Dummies author Joe Hutsko

PODCAST | Tech talk |

Joe Hutsko, author of “Green Gadgets for Dummies” chats about how to save money and energy with your tech gear, and the Times reporter Matt Richtel talks about the rise of technology devices on the road.

Tech Talk

A weekly technology podcast hosted by Bettina Edelstein, J.D. Biersdorfer and Pedro Rafael Rosado.

Listen to the Podcast

Segments (start time on counter)
Tech Tip (35:02)
News (33:04)
Matt Richtel (24:21)
Tech Term (13:44)
Joe Hutsko (09:42)

Energy Star
“Green Gadgets for Dummies,” by Joe Hutsko
Joe Hutsko’s gadget blog
gGadget blog
Earth 911
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Greenpeace: Greener electronics


Electronic House Interview: Green Gadgets Author’s Fave Green Tools

Green Gadgets Author’s Fave Green Tools


We need more sexy green products, says writer Joe Hutsko.

Apr. 14, 2010 - by Steven Castle

Joe Hutsko is a technology writer and the author of Green Gadgets for Dummies, which covers green and sustainable technologies from mobile gadgets to energy-efficient home systems. He is a veteran of Apple during the John Sculley reign, and is the author of the novel, The Deal, based on Steve Jobs-Sculley corporate fracas. We recently caught up with Hutsko and posed a few very jealous questions.

Read the full interview: Electronic House | Green Gadgets Author’s Fave Green Tools.

Green Gadgets Author’s Fave Green ToolsG


Greener Gadgets 2010 Video: Joe Hutsko interviews HP and Panasonic execs

2k10_CEA_GG_46smHere are links to videos of my interviews with HP and Panasonic execs at the Greener Gadgets 2010 conference:

Maria Tate, Senior Industrial Designer, HP

Peter Fannon, VP Corporate and Government Affairs, Panasonic


Green Gadgets | Radio Times | WHYY

mosscoane1.jpgTalking about “green-er gadgets” on Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane |

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 | Hour 2

What do you do with your old cell phone when you’ve bought your upgrade? Are you using your home computer in the most energy-efficient way? Technology enthusiast JOE HUTSKO explains how to use our home entertainment devices in a more environmentally-friendly way in his new book, Green Gadgets for Dummies.

Listen via Green Gadgets | Radio Times | WHYY.

Had a great time speaking with Marty Moss-Coane about greener gadgets at the WHYY studio in Philadelphia. Special thanks to Patty and Denis for the invite and proper care and feeding of this on-air guest.


Links to green gadget-related websites |

Links to green gadget-related websites

Some handy links to green gadget-related websites: Green Gadgets For Dummies.



Interview - E-Readers: Are they greener than books? Radio Netherlands Worldwide | gGadget

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

With the future of digital reading undeniable, we decided to speak to someone who knows gadgets. Joe Hutsko joins Marnie to talk about e-readers vs. books, the advantages, disadvantages, and which of the two is greener.

Listen to interview via via Mud graffiti and book pulp | Radio Netherlands Worldwide.


Green Gadgets For Dummies: THE Book Every Tech Geek Should Own - The Fun Times Guide to Living Green

The Fun Times Guide to Living Green reviews my new book, Green Gadgets For Dummies:

Green Gadgets For Dummies: THE Book Every Tech Geek Should Own

Wake up! Your beloved electronics are sucking the life out of your budget…not to mention the enormous environmental impact they have!

Luckily Green Gadgets for Dummies is swooping in for the rescue!

Before we get in to a quick breakdown of the awesomeness that is Green Gadgets for Dummies, check out these statistics from Planet Green that show why we need greener gadgets:

15 percent: Percentage of money spent on powering your computer dedicated to computing, worldwide; the rest of the $250 billion is spent on energy wasted in idling.

70 percent: Percentage of waste composed of discarded electronics, out of all hazardous waste.

529 pounds: Amount of fossil fuels required to manufacture a 53-pound computer system (including the monitor), along with 49 pounds of chemicals and 1.5 tons of water.

15 billion: Batteries produced annually worldwide.

40 percent: Of the energy used for electronics in your home is used while these devices are turned off.

Author Joey Hutsko does an amazing job at helping us learn how to shop for greener gadgets, avoid “greenwashed” products, and get the electronics we currently own to run more efficiently…all in a super fun and witty manner.

Read the full review: Green Gadgets For Dummies: THE Book Every Tech Geek Should Own - The Fun Times Guide to Living Green.


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