A New Chapter For E Books

After many false starts, practical digital readers are hitting the market

In 1945, Presidential science adviser Vannevar Bush designed a desk-sized device called Memex, generally regarded as the first electronic book. Memex never got off the drawing board, making Bush the first casualty in a long line of failed electronic Gutenbergs. But there's a good chance that a half-century of futility is about to end. The first practical electronic books are hitting the market, and they could mark a major change in how we get information.

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.