Ten Facts About E-Books/E-Readers:
- 1949, Angela Ruiz, a teacher from Galicia, Spain, patented the first electronic book.
- 1971, Michael S. Hart starts Project Gutenburg, a volunteer effort designed to digitize and archive cultural works, a way to encourage creation and distribution of e-books.
- 1992, Sony launched Data Discman, an e-reader reading books off a CD. It had little success outside Japan.
- 1997, Joseph Jacobson co-founded E Ink Corporation, which is later used to develop such e-readers as the Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Amazon Kindle.
- 1998, Libraries started offering free e-books. They were mostly technical or scholarly and could not be downloaded.
- 2007, Amazon Kindle was released and sold out in five hours!
- Current New York Times Best Selling fiction E-Book: Six Years by Harlen Coben.
- Current New York times Best Selling non-fiction E-Book: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg with Nell Scovell.
- According to Goldman-Sachs as of 2010, Amazon owns 58% of the market share of e-book sales in the US!
- According to Ipsos Reid as of 2012, Kobo owns 46% of the market share of e-readers sold in Canada!
For more information check out these sites:
Wikipedia: Project Gutenburg
Wikipedia: Data Discman
Wikipedia: Amazon Kindle
ehow: E-Books History
Sites to get free and/or cheap e-books:
The eBook Directory
Barnes and Noble: Free Nook Books
Amazon Kindle: Free eBooks Collection
Books In My Phone