The idea behind e-books actually dates back to the 1930’s when Bob Brown documented his thoughts in The Readies. In 1949, an actual electronic book was patented by a teacher from Spain. More progress was made in the 60’s and then in 1971 there was a bit of a breakthrough with the implementation of e-books. The 1990’s, though, was when e-books really took off as they became available for consumption and distribution via the internet. Learn more from our thought leader Malcolm.