Just about everything has had a beginning. Even today’s e-reader.
In 1588, Agostino Ramelli designed a massive, Ferris wheel-like contraption that would make available, at the readers’ fingertips, weighty tomes.
Novel as the concept was, it was also far too ambitious a project for its day. It didn’t take off the drawing board—until, roughly 400 years later, in 1986, when architect Daniel Libeskind did build it after reverse engineering it from drawings.
He named it the “Reading Machine.” It wasn’t put to any practical use. We all know what happened after that. The Kindle stole its thunder.