Robin Sloan on the Kindle's Sci-Fi Roots

A science-fictional object that served as the lodestone for Amazon’s efforts, in the early 2000s, to develop an e-reader. In his chronicle of the company, Brad Stone writes: “The early [Kindle] engineers thought of the fictitious textbook in the novel as a template for what they were creating.”

Most stories on the web are found below your navigation bar, on a page rendered constructed from HTML and CSS. Robin Sloan tells us the fascinating story of the science fiction roots of Amazon's Kindle, a story told in the navigation bar itself.

It's a story of homage paid to the fictional roots of real-world technology- a story only those "in the know" can see.

The Kindle Wink ➝