Electronic publishing has helped democratize the publishing industry and broadened the possibilities of what can be done with text. At Harp Family Publishing we celebrate this revolutionary approach to making literature accessible to everyone. We believe that E-Publishing is a revolutionary technology that will shape the course of how ideas are shared. Learn more about the fascinating past, present and future of E-Publishing.
1) Project Gutenberg was the first digital publication, pioneered by Michael S. Hart. By 1989 Project Gutenberg had digitized 10 texts. These early digitized texts were transcribed onto the computer manually.
2) Around 1974, inventor Raymond Kurzwell developed a scanner that could convert printed texts into machine-encoded characters, helping to make mass digitization possible.
3) While the earliest efforts at digitization were focused on converting printed text and disseminating them on the internet, desktop publishing software, which first became available in the 1980s, helped authors bypass traditional publishing houses and find an audience for their work.
4) Electronic published books have ISBN numbers, just like traditionally printed books, which means they can be easily located in stores and libraries.
5) According to Pew Research, 9% of Americans read digital books exclusively, while 33% report reading a combination of print and digital literature. 33% of Americans read only print books, while 23% read no books at all.
If you’re ready to digitally publish your manuscript, visit us at Harp Family Publishing to find out more.