6 fascinating book machines before the Kindle, Nook or any other modern eReader

For many, Kindle is a symbol of reading device of the future. However, it’s not a first one, and not even the most exciting one.

First-generation Kindle was released on November 19, 2007. The digital reading clock started counting on this date, but the history of improving books, making them more accessible and convenient, is much longer than that.

Book machines listed below inspired, and still inspire, to improve books. For me, they are much more exciting than a more accurate touch response, or 25% faster screen refresh rate in new models of e-readers.

I believe that we have to change books if we want books to change us. These machines, devices, or unfinished constructions, answer human’s need to make books meet evolving reading needs.


6 book machines before the Kindle

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13 thoughts on “6 fascinating book machines before the Kindle, Nook or any other modern eReader

  1. I originally misread the “British reading chair” as the “Birthing reading chair” and I thought, “How nice: they considered that women in labour might get bored.” I guess that means it’s time for me to rest my eyes! &#9792

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    • I disagree. It allows easy access to a dictionary and a writing surface while you’re reading. Today’s E-readers have a built-in dictionary and the ability to add comments and notes with a touch screen keyboard.

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  2. This is, indeed a fascinating post. I had not thought of machines dating back several centuries. As a blind student I used a stand alone Kurzweil. This was, approximately the size of a photocopier. You opened the lid, placed printed material on the glass, pressed a button and the machine would convert the text into speech and braille! This greatly helped with my studies. Today these machines are, almost certainly collectors items and I now use Kurzweil installed on a Windows PC together with a standard sized scanner.

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