The Historical Ebook

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For less than $100 you could purchase a portable ebook device that will allow you to download an ebook and then take it with you when youre on the subway, train, automobile, job or school.

University students are downloading textbooks in many cases to an ebook reader that will store a variety of texts in a format that is light and easy to carry.

Your home PC or notebook can be outfitted with ebook software that will allow the viewing of purchased ebooks, but when and where did the ebook get its start?

In the late 1960s a post-graduate student named Alan Kay had the concept of a product he describes as, a portable interactive personal computer, as accessible as a book. What made Kays statement all the more profound is that it was made prior to the development of a personal computer. Nearly twenty years would pass before something similar to his original vision was developed.

Franklin was the first company to provide an ebook type device. In 1986 Franklin launched a fully functional electronic dictionary. This would be followed in the early 90s by Sonys unveiling of the Electronic Book Player. This product used CD-ROM technology to provide book...

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