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Friday, March 14, 2014

The History of eBooks from the 1930's



Yes, you read that correctly.  Apparently eBooks are not such a new invention as is commonly believed.  To develop a full appreciation for this there’s a must read article at the Government Printing Office (GPO).  Here’s the link:


Apparently in 1930 a writer and “impresario” Bob Brown wrote an entire book on a device and called it “The Readies” playing off the name of the talkie which was what movies were called when they first emerged from silent films to ones where you could actually hear the actors speak.

This article is a wealth of information on not only the history of electronic reading and digital publications but also many of the processes behind and in front of the scenes of making an eBook and distributing it to readers.

It’s also an opportunity to explore the GPO’s catalog for all kinds of research information.  The GPO’s collection of eBooks and e-Magazines in many ways is unrivaled and any writer who has not yet explored this site is missing out on some of the most valuable research materials and resources available.  Here’s how the GPO describes the eBooks and e-Magazines services provided at the site:

"GPO’s Digital Products and eBooks cover a variety of important topics including business and government, exporting, navigation, finance, statistics, investment fraud, military history, challenges of warfare, U.S. citizenship and more. Federal Government e-journals and digital magazines are available for sale online through Zinio.com.  ePub electronic books may be viewed on your on PC, Mac, iPad, Android tablet, Android Phone, iPhone, Barnes and Noble Nook, SONY Readers, PDA Blackberries, and other devices."

Here’s the link:


Do take the time to explore this government site that can open so many research doors for you as a writer and as a citizen.

1 comment:

  1. That is amazing, Terri! I never would have guessed that ebooks have been around so long. At any rate, I'm glad they've finally come into their own!

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