The e-book also known as "Book 2.0" received it's first mention in the news in an article by the New York Times in 1998. My term was first introduced as the electronic book and was soon shortened to e-book. Unlike probably most terms in the information society, the e-book's definition didn't change; part of the reason being that it was created so recent. The only thing that has change about the e-books besides the obvious advancement in speed, screen resolution, and appearance is the cost of it. It was expected to be $1000 when it was first released and now companies wouldn't dare sell an e-book for that much because only a few people would buy it. Some thing interesting about the e-book is that the first one was patented in 1949 powered by compressed air but unfortunately it didn't widespread.