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DID YOU KNOW…

  • It is believed that the first e-book ever was the United States Declaration of Independence, copied to the computer and stored in its memory in 1971.
  • One of the nominees for the 1993 Hugo Awards in the category "novel" was Brad Templeton - nominated for a book published on a CD.
  • The first devices designed specifically for reading e-books were SoftBook and Rocket EBook. They premiered in 1998.
  • The most famous reader in the world - Kindle - was introduced to the market in 2007, and it cost 399 dollars.
  • The Europeana portal is a virtual museum and a digital library of Europe. Its multilingual resources already include over 7 million publications.
  • The first Polish e-book was the novel by Olga Tokarczuk Dom dzienny, dom nocny, made available in 2000 in the form of a text file at a website of Świat Książki.
  • The world's first Internet library - the NetLibrary - was launched in 1998.
  • E-paper was invented by Nicholas Sheridon who developed the first display of this type - Gyricon - in the 1970s.In 1971, Michael Hart founded Project Gutenberg - a service which publishes public-domain e-books.
  • It took Project Gutenberg 25 years to digitalise the first 1000 books.
  • The largest digital e-book catalogue is Google Books. It contains 15 million publications.
  • Stieg Larsson is the first author who sold over one million e-books in Amazon.
  • Over 90% of readers surveyed in China said they would choose an electronic version of a book, if it was available for purchase.
  • According to Google analytics, there are 129 864 880 books in the world.
  • More than a hundred e-books are available in AppStore, i. e. a store with applications for iPhone and iPad.
  • In 1985, Voyager Company started selling e-books on CDs.
  • At the iPhone premiere in 2007, Steve Jobs said: "people stop reading". Soon enough, iPhone became the most popular e-book reader in the world.
  • In the second quarter of 2010, the sales of e-books at Amazon.com exceeded the sales of hard-bound paper books.
  • According to a report by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, there are currently over 360,000 publications available in Poland, that are the effect of digitalisation of library resources.
  • In China, e-readers are the most popular gift given to state officials.
  • The first book in Polish whose electronic premiere preceded the paper one was the novel Between Summer's Longing and Winter's Cold by Leif GW Persson.
  • Soon, a multimedia book will become a standard. It will not only be read but also watched and listened to.
  • On the day of its premiere, the sales of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol was much higher than of the printed version.
  • According to research conducted in the USA, 40% of e-reader owners now read more books than when they did not use the electronic form.
  • It is expected that in 2015, the largest e-reader market will not be the USA but China.
  • An e-reader memory can hold a few hundred books - thus often the entire home library.
  • The first reader which enables the option of lending books to other users is Nook by Barnes&Noble.
  • Ever since the emergence of e-books, they have been saved in almost 30 different formats.
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