I am the first to admit that even though I have the good will to reduce my carbon footprint as much as reasonably possible, I probably don't know all the achievable and effective ways to do so. 

So I decided to read a book - 'How bad are bananas? The Carbon Footprint of Everything' by Mike Berners-Lee and hopefully pick up some good tips. Funnily enough, it struck me that I have no idea what the least carbon-intensive way to buy this book is. First thing that pops to mind would of course be to buy the Kindle edition - but this did not seem like a good option as the book contains tables and graphs that I would prefer to have on paper. 

Is it better to go for a second-hand book rather than a new one? But then where is the second-hand one shipped from in comparison with the new one and what fuel does the seller's fleet use? Does it really work out more environmentally friendly to buy second-hand? One should hope so and I did end up ordering a preloved one. 

How do you make your purchasing decisions when it comes to books? Is it convenience or preference of paper over digital? Is it location or maybe condition of the second-hand copy?