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Teacher, Where Do E-books Come From?

The new syllabus over at BestCollegesOnline is pretty straightforward. Students might need a refresher on the heritage of their increasingly ubiquitous Kindles.

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Evolution of Books

The new syllabus over at BestCollegesOnline is pretty straightforward. Students might need a refresher on the heritage of their increasingly ubiquitous Kindles. So the college guide site has posted a lineage chart, showing how primitive Clay Sumerian Tablets (3500 BC) and Egyptian Papyrus scrolls (2400 BC) evolved into wax tablet codex (200 BC), Gutenberg’s printing press (1440), and more modern dalliances like the Japanese cell-phone text novel ;).

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Novel concept (heh, you knew that was coming), but let’s remember Economics 101: bound paper will remain at least partly en vogue until you don’t need a student loan to afford the next generation of pricey textbook e-readers.

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Ben Paynter is a senior writer at Fast Company covering social impact, the future of philanthropy, and innovative food companies. His work has appeared in Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek, and the New York Times, among other places.

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