Paleo E-books

Paleo E-books: Catchall conclusion – From archives to zines

By Chris Meadows
April 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

George Santayana said “Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it.” Certainly e-book history has been repeating—the iPhone/iPod Touch and the Kindle are standing in for the Palm PDA and the RocketBook as a new generation discovers e-books just as the early adopters did [...]

Paleo E-books: Animé fanfic and Undocumented Features

By Chris Meadows
April 29, 2009 // 5 Comments

This series, “Paleo E-books,” looks at groups who were writing Internet literature in the late 1980s and early 1990s—well before most people had any idea what an “e-book” was. Prior “Paleo E-books” columns cover: The Superguy Mailing List The Legion of Net.Heroes & [...]

Paleo E-books: alt.cyberpunk.chatsubo and*

By Chris Meadows
April 28, 2009 // 1 Comment

Prior columns in this series: The Superguy Mailing List The Legion of Net.Heroes & rec.arts.comics.creative The Legion of Net.Heroes might be the oldest Usenet-based shared-world fiction setting still alive and kicking—but there are some defunct settings that pre-date it. Identifying them by [...]

Paleo E-books: The Legion of Net.Heroes

By Chris Meadows
April 27, 2009 // 0 Comments

This is the second in my “Paleo E-books” series looking at Internet writing communities that were producing electronic literature well before “e-books” were first popularized in the late 1990s. In this entry, I will look at the Legion of Net.Heroes (and, to a lesser extent, [...]

Paleo E-books: The Superguy mailing list

By Chris Meadows
April 26, 2009 // 2 Comments

In the last few years, e-books have stopped being an early adopters’ toy and started attracting more general interest. People are starting to get the idea that perhaps reading off of screens—especially LCD or e-ink screens held in the palm of one’s hand—may not be so bad after all. But for [...]

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