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Electric Books

Matt Ruff anticipates the e-reader in his 1997 Sewer, Gas and Electric (The Public Works Trilogy):

Gant pointed at the object tucked under Vanna’s arm, a slim tome with matte black covers. An Electric Book. “What’re you reading these days?” he asked. Vanna read a great deal, but because she was ashamed of her own tastes and more than a little paranoid, she preferred the anonymity of a programmable reading device with no telltale dust jacket.

Didn’t have to wait until 2023 for that one.

posted on 06 January 2011 by skirchner in The Singularity is Near

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