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100 years ago today: Thomas Edison predicted the e-book

Or something like it. The June 23, 1911 Miami Metropolis reported Thomas Edison’s “predictions of an amazing nature,” including books “so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume.” A book two inches thick would contain forty thousand lightweight “leaves of nickel.” Edison had produced such sheets from nickel, “more flexible than paper and ten times as durable.”

Edison’s other predictions included steel furniture “converted by cunning varnishes to the semblance of rosewood or mahogany or any other wood her ladyship fancies” and colossal flying machines that would enable one to “breakfast in London, transact business in Paris and eat his luncheon in Cheapside” (likely referring to the street in London).

Click on the image below to read the 1911 Miami Metropolis story.



Posted in Flashback blog June 22, 2011 at 9:46 am.


5 Replies

  1. If you are interested in learning more about Thomas Edison, his virtual interview is FREE for the month of June in audio or eBook format at http://www.amazingpeopleclub.com when you JOIN THE CLUB by registering your email.

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  2. Whatever he was smoking, with his ‘leaves of nickel’ comment, Edison stole the design of the dynamo from Nikola Tesla (to the tune of fifty million dollars,) and took credit for many other designs that did not come from him, but from people he hired to invent things so he could get his name in the paper. Edison really didn’t invent much of anything, he was just good at perfecting what he ripped off. And making grandiose predictions in the “news.” Whoopee. What an American hero. (rolls eyes)

  3. Wow…. Edison actually inventing something? PSHHH…yea right. he probably just stole this idea too. TESLA was the real American hero. i hope Edison is rotting in hell.

  4. Edison had little talent, but great business and marketing sense. Tesla was the true brains in the era of American innovation. Without him we would not have the AC current that is in all our homes. That is just one of a long list of his inventions we cannot imagine living without.

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