Infographic: 40 Years of eBooks

history_of_ebooksI've just come across an old infographic from eBook Friendl. that I'd like to share. It's called, 40 Years of eBooks, and it explores the history of electronic books dating back to 1971 when Michael S. Hart launched Project Gutenberg up through 2011.

Due to the length of time covered and the size limitations, this infographic is not complete; but it's still a good read. While it catches many of the important early steps in ebooks (like the Voyager Company's Expanded Books), it also leaves out one of the earliest ebook readers: the Sony Data Discman, which debuted in 1990. I think that ground-breaking device should have been included.

But leaving out an early ebook reader is relatively minor when you consider all of the history that has occurred since this infographic was released. Agency ebooks have come and gone; companies have failed, and the US ebook market has plateaued.

What do you think was the most significant digital publishing event in the past 4 years?

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About Nate Hoffelder (11594 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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