Microsoft's eBook Predictions From 1999

Microsoft's eBook Predictions From 1999

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I spotted this fun post over on The Atlantic recently and thought it was worth sharing. Back in 1999 we predicted that by 2009 eBook titles begin to outsell paper in many categories and that by 2010 eBook devices weigh half a pound, run 24 hours, and hold as many as a million titles.

How did we do? Check out the post from Alex Madrigal.

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  • I remember looking at those predictions back in 1999 and thinking to myself, 24 hours and 1/2 lb ... I want that, that day can't come soon enough.  I just wish Microsoft had been a bigger player in this space.  Had they found success in either music or ereader business then I imagine it would have made it a much easier transition for them going into the current era.

  • Yes, agreed. Microsoft would be a good player in this industry. It would be a great platform on the future of Windows also.