How eBooks Changed the Culture of Reading?

What is an eBook?

A text-based publication in digital form is known as a “eBook” or “electronic book.”  While they might include some types of graphs and graphics, their formats tend to make them text-based in the majority of cases.

eBooks are made to be read on an electronic device, such as an iPad, iPhone, Kindle eReader, tablet, or computer. While an E-Reader is a tool that enables this, eBooks are the actual text and document being read.  eBooks are compact, simple to share, and easily available as digital files.

They offer fantastic trip reading, electronic notes, and character analyses because they are portable, lightweight, and have a large storage space.  But things weren’t always this way.

The First Automated Reader Is Invented:

Angela Ruiz Robles created the first automatic reader in history, which served as the forerunner of modern e-readers.  In 1949, Spain was the location of Angela’s creative thought.  As a teacher, Angela Ruis Robles saw her students drag textbooks back and forth from school every day.  Her reader was supposed to be much lighter for students to carry than a variety of textbooks.

Smaller amounts of text were printed onto spools and spun by pressurised air in Angela’s initial concept.  In 1949, she created her first prototype.  Despite not being an electronic book, this one is recognised as the first automated reader.  Although she was never able to secure a workable patent for the design and her concept was never picked up for mass production, there is a photo of her holding it in 1949, thus she may still claim it.

The Internet and the First eBook is Downloaded:

The next significant development for e-books came with the creation of the internet.  Electronic books were created through information and file sharing.

Michael Hart, a University of Illinois student, received unlimited access to the massive Xerox mainframe computer in the Materials Research lab in 1971 (perhaps because his brother’s closest friend worked there).  Given that there weren’t many people using the internet in 1971, it could seem like a very boring period in Internet history, but Michael Hart made the most of it.

The computer’s primary function was data processing, but it was also connected to ARPAnet, a forerunner of the internet. Given the enormous cost of purchasing and maintaining such devices, he later estimated the worth of this gift to be over $100,000,000.

Hart discovered his idea when he was given a copy of the Declaration of Independence at a grocery store before the July 4th fireworks display in his community.  Hart came up with a clever way to utilise his allotted computer time. Since there was no lower-case option at the time, he typed the text entirely in capital letters into a computer and announced on ARPAnet that it was now ready for download.  He made the offer, and six people downloaded the text.  The first electronic book ever created.

Hart then started to type up more texts so they could be read electronically.  His entries included passages from the Christian Bible, the American Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  He produced something that was much more than just a piece of digital text—he produced an idea.  the notion of getting computers to share text and literature instead of just utilising them to process data and crunch numbers.

What Happened Next on the TimeLine?

It took a while until the 1987 release of the following update by computer game developers East Gate Systems.  Around this time, the business released the first piece of hypertext fiction.  Afternoon by Michael Joyce, the first hypertextbook, was available to buy on a floppy disc.  As the first example of a new online programme called Story Space, this book was produced. For the purpose of writing, editing, and reading hypertext fiction, Story Space was a piece of software.

1993: The first company to develop a money exchange mechanism for the internet was BiblioBytes, which in 1993 developed a website to sell eBooks online.

1999: In order to publish books in both print and eBook formats concurrently, American publisher Simon & Schuster established a new imprint called iBooks. Raymond Chandler, Irving Wallace, and Arthur C. Clarke were among the featured writers.  Through net Library, Oxford University Press made a selection of its books available online.

The first eBook conference was organised by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the United States. Microsoft’s Dick Brass said that e-books were the way of the future for reading. He predicted that by 2018, 90% of all books sold would be electronic versions of the printed word. He said, “We are embarking on a revolution that will change the world at least as much as Gutenberg did.”

90% of this figure ignores the lucrative and remarkably steady gift book market. The market for paper books is made up of 40% so-called “gift purchases.” People exchange books but do not exchange electronic books. Selling books, including cookbooks, children’s books, design books, coffee table books, and picture books for unborn children, is still very popular around Christmas. eBooks have not had an impact on this market for book sales, and it is yet untapped.

eBooks and how they change the way we talk about reading:

E-books do not have pages, and by adjusting the font size and style, it is possible to change the reader’s orientation inside the text.  As a result, the reader’s position relative to the entire text is shown as a percentage. A concern that holding a physical book foster understanding in a manner that staring at a screen does not has been raised in response to the advent of e-readers about how the mind interprets text on a screen compared to words in paper books.  The book’s materiality encourages the reader to consider the text both as an object and as its content.

According to a recent study by Sara Margolin, e-readers do not impair reading comprehension, at least not in brief text sections. The use of e-readers will grow as research like this takes traction, and along with it, new concepts and ways of speaking about reading will emerge in the language and eventually make their way into dictionaries.

However, we continue to refer to the spot we are at as a bookmark.

While physical books won’t likely ever completely replace eBooks, their ongoing evolution will undoubtedly lead to the creation of novel and intriguing ways for people to absorb content.


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