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Revisionist History – Salon & Amazon’s Evil eBook Motives

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"Yeah, that doesn’t work. When you focus on a single ebook that is deeply discounted you are simultaneously ignoring all the ebooks that aren’t being discounted. It’s simply not possible to model a complex system with millions of variables by using a single data point. To do so would be to oversimplify the complexities of the ebook market as a system to the point that the argument has no relevance."
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On this computer the first ever ebook was created [picture]

On this computer the first ever ebook was created [picture] | Ebook and Publishing | Scoop.it
Xerox Sigma V - Michael Hart typed on it the text of the Declaration of Independence / photo via Edie Bresler In 1971, Michael Stern Hart, passionate techn
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"In 1971, Michael Stern Hart, passionate technologist and futurist, was given access to extensive computer time on the Xerox Sigma V mainframe at the University of Illinois. He didn’t want to waste the time, and started to think of what to do with it. In an interview in 2002 he explained:

We were just coming up on the American Bicentennial and they put faux parchment historical documents in with the groceries. So, as I fumbled through my backpack for something to eat, I found the US Declaration of Independence and had a lightbulb moment.

This was it. Inspired by a free printed copy of the Declaration of Independence he decided to type the text into a computer. He did it on July 4, 1971. He made the file available to other users of the computer network, with an annotation that it was free to use and distribute."

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Most important moments in the history of Amazon - interactive timeline

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The first item ever sold by Amazon was the book Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies by Douglas Hofstadter. It was ordered in 1995 by John Wainwright who
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Is Amazon reducing its discounts?

Is Amazon reducing its discounts? This New York Times article by David Streitfeld is clearly getting people's attention.
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What eBooks Looked Like 20 Years Ago (Video)

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"The Kindle is widely regarded as being responsible for igniting the ebook era, but the idea had been around for at least 30 years before the Kindle launched in November 2007. There were a number of marginally successful ereaders and ebook platforms before the Kindle, including the Sony Data Discman,Rocket eBook, and there was even a joint B&N-Microsoft effort during the late 90s tech bubble.

And then there were the ebooks produced by Voyager Company in the early 1990s and distributed on floppy disks (and later, CDs)."

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