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The Future Of Books Essay

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The Future of Books
Nearly 2,405,518,376 people in our world have access to the Internet; needless to say we live in a very technically inclined society. Almost every task that is preformed is done by using some sort of technological medium, whether that be a computer, smartphone, tablet, etc. We have the ability to access multitudes of information by the push of a button in something so small that it fits into the palm of our hands. I personally believe that technology is a great way to expand our knowledge, especially since we live in a climate that is centralized around such things. Like much of everything else in our world, the way we read has been technologically transformed. It used ...view middle of the document...

The first eBook was a typed manuscript of the Declaration of Independence, by Michael Hart in 1971. Today there are over 4,000 free eBooks that have been made available to the public by what is called the Gutenberg Project, which was started by Hart (Gall 2005). This was way before the Barnes & Noble’s and Amazon’s had anything to do with eBooks.
The Gutenberg Project was created with the hopes of digitalizing works of literature that were needed to be preserved for future cultures. Most of the books that are apart of this project are documents, manuscripts, and a collection of public domain works. Nevertheless, the Gutenberg Project really aided in the advancements of what we formally know as eBooks today. The primary goal of the Gutenberg Project was to digitalize the most previewed books in our society, according to Hart this was somewhere around 10,000 books. The setting for this project was pre-internet era. But, Hart knew that computers and the World Wide Web was a growing invention and that it would son be readily available for the general public and so he wanted to make these works accessible on a computerized medium. All of the books in this electronic database can be viewed and downloaded at www.gutenberg.org. Not only are there books available in English but also in Portuguese, Dutch, and French.
After the Gutenberg project there was an amount of time that nothing really happened with the innovation of eBooks. When the internet was created in the 1990s the books were more readily available to be read there. The collections started off very basic, including magazine subscriptions or collections of old classic works- romance novels were also a big hit. The first eReader, called the Rocket eReader, was created in 1997, almost ten years before the Amazon Kindle was released. Since the first eReader was marketed to only a very small audience very few were sold to the public and did not become mainstream until Sony released their first eReader, even still pre-Kindle which has been the best-selling eReader of its time (Stern 2010).
According to James Gall, “Technically, virtually any computing device with a display could be used as an eBook reader.” This has given other companies like Apple and Android reason to implement eReader technology into their devices as well. The creation of Apple’s iPad flung Apple into the brisk storm of eReader competition. The fact that it was a creation of the widely trusted Apple brand and has the ability to not only be used as an eReader but to run millions of applications and browse the web in a high definition color gave it a lot of power in the market. Another competitor of the ever successful Kindle is the Barnes and Noble Nook, which like the Kindle has a monochromatic matte screen. As time has progressed the Nook now comes in tablet form and a monochromatic screen that glows. Like it, the Kindle is also available as a tablet now as well (Stern 2010). The tablets allow competition between the...

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