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Created by gianlucatorrini on 20/01/2011
Last updated: 18/02/11 at 16:55
Tags: ebook e-book history ereader epub books eink
Google eBooks and eBookstore are launched online.
Booken launches Cybook Orizon, with a 6 inch touchscreen display, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.
Sony launches PRS-350SC Pocket Edition, a 5" reader using the latest Pearl E Ink screen and featuring an IR based touch screen.
Amazon launches Kindle 3.
6" diagonal eInk Pearl electronic paper display, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level gray scale
Amazon.com sales of ebooks outnumbered sales of hardcover books for the first time ever during the second quarter of 2010.
Apple iPad (only the wi-fi model) is released. It was announced on January 27, 2010.
The ebook application iBooks by Apple is released in its first version.
BenQ launches K60 nReader, the first of its nReader series of devices.
Barnes & Noble Nook is launched, only in United States.
It includes Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G wireless connectivity, 6 inch E Ink display and a separate color touchscreen.
It is based on the Android platform.
Project Gutenberg releases the 30.000th ebook, The Bird Book by Chester A. Reed
Amazon announces the Kindle 2, available for purchase on February 23, 2009.
Sony launches the Reader Pocket Edition PRS600.
Sony launches the Reader Pocket Edition PRS300.
5 inches screen, 800 x 600 pixels, 200 ppi resolution, 8-levels gray scale.
Bookeen launches Cybook Opus.
E-Ink screen 5 inches, 600 x 800 - 200 ppi resolution, 4 levels grey-scale.
Amazon Kindle DX is released.
9.7 inches diagonal eInk electronic paper display, 825 x 1200 pixel resolution at 150 ppi, 16-level gray scale.
The European Commission lanches Europeana, a search platform to explore the digital resources of Europe's museums, libraries, archives and audio-visual collections.
A French court shut down the scanning of copyrighted books published in France because it violates copyright laws.
Bookboon is launched online.
A settlement is reached between the publishing industry and Google.
"The agreement acknowledges the rights and interests of copyright owners, provides an efficient means for them to control how their intellectual property is accessed online and enables them to receive compensation for online access to their works".
HathiTrust is a collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries, launched by the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation and the University of California
Amazon launches Amazon Kindle 1.
6" diagonal E-Ink display, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 4-level gray scale.
256 MB internal memory expandable via an SD card slot.
Booken launches Cybook Gen3.
6" eInk screen, 600x800 pixels resolution, 166 dpi, 4 grayscale.
EPUB becomes an official standard of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), and it's composed is composed of three open standards, the Open Publication Structure (OPS), Open Packaging Format (OPF) and Open Container Format (OCF), produced by the IDPF.
It's the file extension of an XML format for reflowable digital books and publications.
Project Gutenberg Canada is launched.
Edupaper.nl, a dutch company specialist in epaper, starts a project in a secondary school in Maastricht, using digital schoolbooks to reduce costs and students' daily burden of books.
Live Search Books is launched by Microsoft.
Project Gutenberg releases the 20.000th ebook, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.
Second lawsuit against Google charges that the company has not respected copyrights and has failed to properly compensate authors and publishers
First lawsuit against Google charges that the company has not respected copyrights and has failed to properly compensate authors and publishers.
Google Print Library Project is announced, in partnerships with several universities and public libraries.
Google Print is introduced at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
The Institute for the Future of the Book is founded. It is by the MacArthur Foundation, and affiliated with the University of Southern California.
Sony launches Sony Librié, the first ebook reader with eInk technology.
The screen size is 6" with 600X800 resolution.
Project Gutenberg Europe is launched by Project Rastko.
The first Project Gutenberg DVD is released in to celebrate the landmark of 10.000 books. It contains 9.400 of first 10.000 ebooks.
Project Gutenberg releases the 10000th ebook, The Magna Carta.
Amazon launches a full text search into the books, called "Search Inside the Book".
Barnes & Noble.com announces it has stopped selling ebooks, because of weak sales.
MIT offers its course materials digitilized in its OpenCourseWare.
Project Gutenberg releases the 5000th ebook, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Project Gutenberg Australia is founded by Colin Choat.
Adobe launches Acrobat eBook Reader
Project Gutenberg releases the 3000th ebook, À l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs by Marcel Proust, in French, its original language
The British Library publishes online the digitized Bible of Gutenberg.
The first version of Microsoft Reader is released, as a free program only for computers running Window.
Filename extension: .lit
Distributed Proofreaders is founded by Charles Franks to support the digitization of Public Domain books. It provides a web-based method to ease the conversion of Public Domain books into e-books.
It was originally conceived to assist Project Gutenberg
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) inaugurates SourceOECD, an online consultation and ordering system
Mobipocket is founded. It will be bought by Amazon.com in 2005
The novel "Riding the Bullet" by Stephen King is published exclusively online.
After just 24 hours, 400,000 copies are downloaded.
The first version of the Open eBook (OeB) format is released, defined by the Open eBook Publication Structure (OeBPS).