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1930 – June 1949The Contributions of Vannevar Bush to Analog Computing, Information Retrieval, and the Concept of Hypertext 1930 – 1931Bob Brown: Visionary of New Reading Machines and Changes in the Process of Reading December 29, 1931Emanuel Goldberg Invents the First Successful Electronic Document Retrieval Device 1945An Antiquarian Bookseller Predicts an Alternative to the Printed Codex December 7, 1949Enciclopedia Mecanica, Forerunner of the Electronic Book 1953 – November 2011Ray Bradbury's Early Dystopian View of Books: "Fahrenheit 451" 1965Licklider Issues "Libraries of the Future" 1967Ted Nelson & Andries van Dam Develop the First Hypertext Editing System 1968Andries van Dam Develops Probably the First Hypertext System Used in Education July 4, 1971Invention of eBooks: The First Digital Library 1978 – 1979Fictional Vision of the Electronic Book and the Internet 1983Possibly the Earliest Electronic Publication on Art 1984 – 1986The Digital Domesday Project--Doomed to Early Digital Obsolescence 1985The CD-ROM is Introduced 1985Probably the First Electronic Encyclopedia 1986The First Hand-Held Electronic Book, or e-Book 1987 – 1990The First Hypertext Fiction: "Afternoon, a story" 1990DynaText, an Electronic Publishing Tool 1992The Data Discman Electronic Book Device 1992The First e-Book Reader April 7 – October 1, 1995"The Book and Beyond" Exhibition Takes Place 1996Brewster Kahle Founds the Internet Archive January 1996An Online Textbook of Cyberpsychology is Published 1997Electronic Paper is Developed 2000Stephen King's "Experiment in Alternate Forms of Distribution" March 14, 2000 – 2010The First Mass-Market E-Book + A Video Interview June 5, 2000 – March 2009eBook Distributor is Acquired by Barnes & Noble May 3, 2001
The logo for the Women's National Book Association 
Somewhat Accelerated Prediction of the Future of eBooks
The codex form of a Japanese cell phone novel.
The First Cell Phone Novel
Robert (Bob) Stein
The Institute for the Future of the Book
October 2004
The Frankfurt Bookfair logo
The Google Print Project is Announced
September 6, 2005A University Library Intended to Contain Very Few Physical Books December 2005
The Google Books logo
Google Books
2006 – January 19, 2012
The Springer logo
Springer Published 50,000 eBooks
April 2006
The Espresso Book Machine
The Espresso "On Demand" Book Machine
July 13, 2006 – September 30, 2010
The Rice University Press logo
Reborn Digital: The First Fully Digital University Press: A 3 Year Experiment in the United States
Circa September – October 2006
The Sony Reader PRS-500
The Sony Reader PRS-500 is Introduced
June 29, 2007
The iPhone 3G
Steve Jobs Introduces the iPhone
November 19, 2007
The Amazon logo
The Amazon Kindle is Introduced
November 19, 2007Kindle Direct Publishing Introduced December 2, 2008Over 5,000,000 Articles Posted on the HighWire Press e-Publishing Platform. April 21, 2009The World Digital Library Launches May 5, 2009Increasing Sales of Digital Books (eBooks) May 6, 2009Larger Version of the Amazon Kindle Introduced May 31, 2009Google Will Sell eBooks June 1, 2009The First Magazine Cover Created as iPhone Art July 16, 2009Amazon Sends Orwell eBooks Down the "Memory Hole" July 22, 2009USA Today Adds eBook Sales to its Bestsellers List September 14, 2009Darnton's Case for Books: Past, Present and Future October 7, 2009eBook Sales Represent 1.6% of Book Sales December 17, 2009A French Alternative to Google Books is Formed December 23, 2009The Amazon Kindle is Hacked; eBook Digital Rights Management Cracked December 27, 2009eBooks Begin to Outsell Physical Books; 1.49 Million Kindles Sold? January 27, 2010Steve Jobs Introduces the iPad, the First Widely Sold Tablet Computer February 22, 2010Modifiable eBook Editions of Textbooks April 5, 2010Probably the First Fully Visually Satisfying Interactive eBook June 2010Social Networking Added to Reading Electronic Books July 2010Flipboard, "Your Personalized, Social Magazine" July 19, 2010For the First Time E-books Outsell Digital Books on Amazon.com September 8, 2010eBook Edition Released Prior to Hardcover Edition December 6, 2010The Google eBookstore Opens December 9, 2010Bestsellers on eBook Readers: Romance Novels December 16, 2010An Interactive Pop-Up Children's Book App for the iPhone & iPad January 2011The First Independently Published Magazine Exclusively for the iPad January 28, 2011Publishing Non-Fiction Exclusively for Cell Phones, eBook Readers and Tablet Computers February 11, 2011The New York Times Begins Ranking eBook Best Sellers February 25, 2011The Second Best-Selling Book in America Priced Like an App (99 Cents) March 2011The Environmental Impacts of eBooks and eBook Readers March 2, 2011In its First Year Apple's iBookstore Sold 100,000,000 Books April 2011A Program for Signing and Inscribing Ebooks April 20, 2011Amazon to Launch Library Lending for eBooks on the Kindle Platform May 9, 2011The First Major Print Magazine Publisher to Offer iPad Subscriptions May 19, 2011Ebooks Outsell Physical Books on Amazon.com June 6, 2011"Physical Archiving is Still an Important Function in the Digital Era."The Internet Archive Builds an Archive of Physical Books June 6, 2011College Textbooks Make a Slower Transition from Print to Digital July 2011South Korea to Shift All Primary and High School Textbooks to Digital by 2015 August 2011Consumer Reports Begins Generating More Revenue from Digital Subscriptions than from Print August 18, 2011Interactive Reading and Spelling on the iPad September 6, 2011Michael Hart, Father of eBooks & Founder of Project Gutenberg, Dies September 28 – November 14, 2011Amazon Introduces the Kindle Fire October 18, 2011What Would an Infinite Digital Bookcase Look Like? November 20, 2011Digital Books Represent 25% of Sales of Some Categories of Books but Less than 5% of Childrens' Books November 23, 2011Rapid Growth of the Digital Textbook Market in the U.S. November 30, 2011Signalling the Shift from Print to Digital and to More Accurate Metrics of the Effectiveness of Advertising December 2011Amazon.com Sold More Than 4 Million Kindles in December 2011 December 1, 2011Statistics on European and U.S. eBook Sales January 5, 2012Sales of eBook Readers in 2011 January 19, 2012Apple Introduces iBooks 2, iBooks Author, and iTunes U March 9, 2012After Digitizing Over 20 Million Books Expansion of the Google Books Project Begins to Slow April 12, 2012U.S. Justice Department Sues Major Publishers Over the Pricing of eBooks; Amazon Wins April 18, 2012"Companies that have existed for centuries could be gone in a generation unless they make a single radical change." April 30, 2012Microsoft Invests in Barnes & Noble's Nook eBook Reader Division May 7, 2012The First Annual Report Issued by a Museum in an eBook Format May 12, 2012How eBooks Are Changing Fiction Writing and Publishing May 29, 2012Growing Adoption of the eBook Format in the U. S. October 2012A 3D Virtual Reality Reader for eBooks October 29, 2012Penguin to Merge with Random House November 5, 2012eBooks Accounted for 22% of All Book Spending in Second Quarter of 2012 November 19, 2012Penguin Books Introduces a New eBook Lending Program November 20, 2012The CEO of Barnes & Noble No Longer Reads Physical Books December 2012Silvia Hartmann's Novel, "Dragon Lords," Cloud-Sourced with 13,000 Collaborators December 17, 2012eBook Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines January 14 – September 14, 2013The Bexar County, Texas BiblioTech: a Library Devoid of Physical Books January 22, 2013The Pew Internet Report on Library Services in the Digital Age March 4, 2013Smartphone Interactive Reading Device Will Track Eyes to Scroll Pages March 28, 2013eBooks Represented 22.55% of U.S. New Book Sales in 2012 April 11, 2013"The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens" April 18, 2013The Digital Public Library of America is Launched May 2013Flash Marketing of E-Books May 15, 2013E-Books Account for About 20% of Trade Book Sales July 10, 2013Apple Illegally Conspired to With Publishers to Try to Raise the Prices of eBooks October 27, 2013The Market for Very Young Children's Books Has Grown, Partly in Reaction to eBooks October 29, 2013Amazon Launches the Kindle MatchBook Service December 24, 2013"As New Services Track Habits, the E-Books are Reading You" January 4, 2014Trends in Reading, Book Reviewing, Publishing and Writing as of the Beginning of 2014 January 29, 2014"Sensory Fiction": A Kind of Virtual Reality E-Book Reading Experience February 17, 2014"Cheap Words. Amazon is good for consumers but is it good for books?" July 29, 2014Amazon States its Economic Position on the Sale of E-Books in the "Amazon/Hachette Business Interruption" July 30, 2014As E-Books Gain Market Share Traditional Roles of Publisher and Bookseller Change August 14, 2014What Would George Orwell Think About the Amazon versus Hachette Dispute? August 16, 2014The Entirely Digital Main Library at Florida Polytechnic University Begins Operation August 29, 2014Indexing and Sharing 2.6 Million Images from eBooks in the Internet Archive September 29, 2014"The Hidden Cost of E-Books at University Libraries" December 10, 2014eBooks May Track Reading Habits December 17, 2014Amazon's Research in the Reading Process & its Introduction of the Ability with its E-Readers to Switch Back and Forth Between the Written and Audible Versions of a Book