The First e-book

37 MinutesIn the very few years of their existence, e-books have become more and more popular. The younger crowd loves the portability of having hundreds of books on one device. The older crowd loves expanding the font sizes, the back lit screens. Everyone loves the convenience of on-the-fly downloading – and, of course, the prices!

There is also massive competition for your e-book dollar. Kindle by Amazon, Nook by Barnes and Noble, ibooks by Apple are the major players. There are several minor players in the field also. (By the way, you can check out Channel 37’s fine arsenal of e-books here.

Ever wonder what was the first e-book? The first book about an e-book was published in 1979. Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy was essentially a book about an e-book, entitled, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the e-book) published by Megadodo Publications, contains everything anyone wanted to know about the galaxy. One of the “hitchhikers” who use this book, Ford Prefect, takes the hapless Englishman, Arthur Dent, to various adventures throughout the Galaxy. The book is invaluable due to the information stored about the Galaxy.

In an ironic paradox sort of thing, the first e-book was not available as an e-book until September 29, 2010. Anyway, you can find it at Kindle here.

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