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Tidbit Histories – Before Ebooks, In a Land Far Away.

The e-reader is not the first challenge to the traditional concept of a book. In 1841 Bernard Tauchnitz of Leipzig published the first paperback in a projected series he called ‘Collection of British Authors’. Coming on the heels of the first cloth-bound book in 1822, his series would include such notables as Dickens, Scott & …

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Tidbit Histories – Flash! Johannes Gutenberg Unwittingly Sparks Revolution.

Once Gutenberg printed his now famous Bible in 1455 –widely accepted as the first book printed from moveable type, the printing press spread through Europe like wildfire. By 1460 printing houses appeared throughout the Rhineland in Cologne, Basil and Nuremberg. By 1465 the printing press had crossed the Alps into Italy. The first book was …

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Tidbit Histories – Thomas Paine Proves the Pen is Mightier Than the Sword!

If ever there was proof that the pen is mightier than the sword; it is in the words than flowed from the pen of Thomas Paine. COMMON SENSE, the first unqualified argument for political independence, was published in Philadelphia in January of 1776. Six months later the same city witnessed the signing of the Declaration …

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Tidbit Histories – How Languages Die.

There are currently 6000 languages globally. It is estimated that 5,500 of the world’s languages will no longer be spoken in the year 2100. Did you ever wonder exactly how a language dies?When I started reading VANISHING VOICES by Daniel Nettle & Suzanne Romaine, the opening paragraphs made it so startlingly clear, I thought it …

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Tidbit Histories – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Fact or Fiction? by Bob Topp

When Washington Irving was a teenager, he wandered from one small Catskill town to another talking to everyone he met and writing down every strange tale he heard – all the while writing down accurate descriptions of towns, forests and riverbanks. Later, when he began writing short stories, his descriptions were so vivid that they …

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