Electronic books


This chapter covers the story of electronic books from “Pioneer times” before Google got into the game and the current world where millions of books are instantly available. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg and the first person to publish text on the web tells a fascinating tale of the early days. There is an insider look at a grassroots effort at a university to digitize a collection of early works about the Great Famine in Ireland. This illustrates the rise of big operations in digitization such as Google Books and the Internet Archive containing interviews with some of the key people involved. By the year 2000, librarians were hearing that the e-book was dead, as libraries struggled with a number of ...

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