40 Years of E-books (infographic)

When I finished the infographic and showed it to my wife, she said: “Forty years? No way. Four, maybe.”

“Four, maybe” – it’s what most people think. Most people are still convinced that e-books are a fad. That’s why I was looking for a convenient, all-in-one way to challenge this myth. I hope it works. Every year shows not only the information about e-books, but also other facts and achievements. This builds a good, thought-provoking time reference.

Share this infographic if you think it deserves it. I wanted to put it on the web before this year’s edition of Read an E-Book Week. 40 years of history are asking for a week of attention – this should work.

I dedicate this little piece of work to a true visionary Michael S. Hart. When he was typing the text of the US Declaration of Independence, the only word I was speaking was “ma-ma”.

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15 Replies to “40 Years of E-books (infographic)”

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  2. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  3. Thanks for the infographic. I think, though, that this misses part of the story. Many of us were reading e-books on phones back in the late 1990s. Here’s an article from CNET from 1998 about Peanut Press (which later became PalmReader, then eReader, was acquired by Fictionwise, which in turn was acquired by Barnes & Noble): http://news.cnet.com/2100-1001-213887.html 

    Books I bought in 1999 are still readable on the Nook reader and in the Nook apps. 

    Also, Stephen King’s RIDING THE BULLET was available not only on computers, but also for reading in the .pdb format that the Peanut Press reader used, which is how I read it (and could re-read it today). 


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