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Douglas Adams Describes the Invention of the Ebook [Video]

In 1993, Douglas Adams–of The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy fame–lent his creative talent and voice to explaining the invention of the Ebook.

The audio segment was produced almost 20 years ago by Adams to both promote his own work in digital format and the work of early ebook publisher Voyager Expanded Books. You may notice Adams refers to their product as a PowerBook, a name they kept until they heard Apple would be releasing a laptop with the same name (from then on the product was simply referred to as Expanded Books).

The thoroughly modern video accompanying Adams concise and entertaining description of book history is an animation courtesy of U.K. designer Gavin Edwards, which he submitted to a contest hosted by The Literary Platform intended to match a clever animation with Adam’s monologue.

[via Neatorama]

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  • Published 05/29/12

Comments (5)

  1. Jim

    I was hoping for it to be done with his voice of Agrojag.

  2. Slartabartfast

    Hail to the innovations brought to us by Sci-Fi and creative minds like Douglas Adams [RIP]

  3. Ushindi

    Thanks for this – very enjoyable.

  4. Philipch

    What’s staggering about Adams is that HHTG was first broadcast on BBC radio 4 in about 1974, including the character Marvin, the paranoid Android. I think of him every time I use my (Samsung) Galaxy.

  5. Ford Prefect

    Amazing to think that things like the Kindle are only becoming truly popular now, despite the technology and vision being around so long ago. I think it’s vital that authors take a leaf from Adams’ book (no pun intended) and recognise the role that technology can play in the world of literature. Authors like Andrew Tyler are now taking this idea further, with interactive websites to accompany books ( Long live the innovative author!

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