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August 9, 2018

Celebrating Books, the Wireless Way .

Celebrating Books, the Wireless Way

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Jason Johnson

Happy National Book Lovers Day! From the internet to e-books and e-readers, wireless technologies have revolutionized the book industry by changing how information is presented and consumed. While classic print books are irreplaceable, wireless books—both digital and audio—make it easy to take your latest read, and even a whole library, with you wherever you go.

A Brief History of the e-book

The e-book owes its creation to inventor Michael Hart who in 1971 was given a copy of the Declaration of Independence and decided to type it into a computer. He published the document on ARPAnet, a precursor to the internet, where six people downloaded it. The e-book was born!

Fast forward to 2007, and the world of reading changed, almost overnight. Apple launched the first iPhone, followed shortly by Amazon’s first Kindle. In 2009, Barnes & Noble introduced the Nook and Sony worked with libraries to enable those with a library card to borrow e-books.

In 2011, software developer Mike Matas demoed the first-full length interactive book which included interactive graphics, videos and data visualizations.

Wireless Books Today

Smartphone Audiobook Listeners

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Smartphone Audiobook Listeners

While print books may still reign supreme, 26 percent of Americans read an e-book and 18 percent listened to an audiobook in the past year. A whopping 266M e-books were sold in the U.S. in 2017, while audiobook sales grew by 22.7 percent to $2.5 billion.

Smartphones are a very popular reading medium with these users, with 73 percent of audiobook listeners and 54 percent of e-book buyers using them to listen to or read a book.

Smartphone E-book Buyers

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Smartphone E-book Buyers

E-books are known for being easy to annotate and search, and of course, they are painless to carry around, with multiple e-reading apps available on mobile devices in addition to wirelessly-enabled e-readers themselves. Plus, e-books can be cost-saving, something schools are taking note of, offering e-book versions of textbooks in an effort to reduce expenses for students and teachers and improve grades.

Whether you prefer the magical fantastical world of Harry Potter, stories of wartime heroism or reading about the latest in astronomy research, every day should be Book Lovers Day. So download a novel or audiobook to your mobile device and enjoy!

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