If you’re a book lover, you may be interested in these fun facts about ebooks!
Historical facts about ebooks
In 1949, Angela Ruiz, a teacher from Spain, created the first ereader (although it was not technically “electronic”). Her ereader was text printed onto spools that were operated by compressed air. Read more about her here.
In 1871, Michael Hart created the first ebook when he typed up the Declaration of Independence and made it available for people to download on ARPAnet.
Technical facts about ebooks
You can change the font size in any ereader, as well as the background color. That’s a real help for nighttime reading.
Ebooks can be interactive, with audio, video, animations, and links. Amazon is even pioneering moving ebook covers and chapter headings. The size on these ebooks is huge, however, so space might become a problem after awhile. Some books lovers are excited about the addition, while other avid readers say it’s too much. If they wanted to watch a movie, they would download one instead.
Statistical facts about ebooks
In 2013, over 512 million ebooks were sold in the US.
In 2015, 20 million ereaders were sold worldwide.
At the end of 2016, ebooks accounted for 23% of all books sold worldwide.
In the US, 75% of all e-books sold are from the Kindle bookstore, and in the UK, 95% of all ebooks sold are from the Kindle bookstore.
The most used device for reading an ebook is a computer, followed by a Kindle, then a iPhone and iPod Touch (21%).
Independently published books account for 43% of all Kindle books sold on Amazon, while small publishers (many of which are actually indie authors) account for 17% of all Kindle books sold on Amazon.
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