Rocket eBook

The Rocket eBook was an early commercial handheld e-reader that was produced by NuvoMedia in late 1998; it used a LCD screen and could store up to ten e-books . [1] E-books were loaded on the device by connecting it to a computer and having two page turn buttons. Rocket-compatible e-books were sold at Barnes & Noble and Powell’s Bookstore . [2] It had a retail price of $ 499.

The Rocket eBook was produced by NuvoMedia until 2000, when it was purchased by Gemstar-TV International Guide for $ 187 million. [3] After purchasing NuvoMedia and merging it with SoftBook , Gemstar released an e-reader called the RCA eBook Reader. [3]


On April 15, 1997, Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning founded NuvoMedia to make a product that could benefit from improving battery size and an electronic book reader; the resulting Rocket eBook e-reader shipped 20,000 units in 1999. [4]


  1. Jump up^ eBooks: 1998 – The first ebook readers. Retrieved 5 February 2015.
  2. Jump up^ David Strom. “E-Books: Still an Unfinished Work”. Computerworld , Jul 19, 1999. p. 76.
  3. ^ Jump up to:b Hossein Bidgoli. The Internet Encyclopedia . John Wiley and Sons, 2004. p. 790. ISBN  978-0-471-22202-6
  4. Jump up^ Baer, ​​Drake. “The Making Of Tesla: Invention, Betrayal, And The Birth Of The Roadster” . Business Insider . Business Insider . Retrieved 7 June 2016 .