What I'm reading: The Reversal, by Michael Connelly
I'm closing in on another giveaway. I need a few more likes and follows (see the sidebar).
Digital publishing has a North American focus. We tend to think that everyone has the same options and opportunities, but that's not the case. But today, almost everything is available in digital format. More and more authors are taking advantage of being able to publish their own books, be they original or previously published titles. As she put it, "Self publishing is the new black."
In 1998, the first ISBN was given to an e-book.
In 1999, the Baen Free Library appeared (with DRM free books!)
In 2000, Stephen King self published his first e-book, selling 500,000 copies in 48 hours.
Romance readers were instrumental in the growth of e-publishing as readers found they could get books and read them in the privacy of their homes. (Sad that there's still a stigma on being a romance reader or writer.) Ellora's Cave was a leader in the field.
The first Kindle appeared in 2007, but Sony had the first "new" e-reader long before that. (And this is NOT the answer to question #3 in my quiz)
In April, 2009, J.A. Konrath published his first e-book.
In 2010, the iPad made its debut.
Here's a short quiz.
1. When was the first ebook published?
2. What was it?
3. And what was the first dedicated e-reader? (My first reader, an eBookwise, was a spinoff of this one, and I still have it.)
Email your answers to me contest @ terryodell.com (Remove spaces, and please DON'T put them in the comments, to be fair to all.) I'll send everyone who gets them right a coupon for a free Smashwords download of one of my books.
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