Anne here. One of the things I find most fascinating about history is that it tends to repeat itself. For instance, most people would scoff at the notion that there are strong parallels between the growth of the e-publishing revolution and publishing in the Victorian era.
The Victorian era, you say? Parallels with e-publishing? In what way?
In the Victorian era, developments in technology allowed cheap, widespread production of print media which in turn led to a boom in publishing. Fiction also experienced a boom as stories serialized in magazines and newspapers became cheaply and easily available to a much wider audience.
In the 21st century, technological advances in electronic communications have led to a massive e-publishing boom. Serial publishing is also a feature of much current e-publishing.
Mention writers like Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and others and we all nod. Some of us even have their books on our shelves, though they were published more than a hundred years ago. We tend to assume that in the past, people purchased and read complete books, as we have for most of our lifetimes. But in fact, many of the first writers of popular fiction reached their initial audience through serialized stories published in newspapers and magazine.