Modern day technology has allowed individuals from different backgrounds to have a voice. Ebooks specifically have given validity to academia voices and the ability for access to all. I’m going to share the story of the first ebook ever created. This amazing innovation was conceived by a Spanish woman 70 years ago.
Ángela Ruiz Robles was a Spanish teacher born in Villamanín, Leon (1895). She was worried about the weight of the books carried by her students. Also, she felt there was a need to give access to books in a country at that time where 75% of the women could not read or write. So to come up with a solution, Ángela invented the first ebook. Her electronic book was called the Mechanical Encyclopedia. This was one of the first forms of student engagement.
She used coils, spools, and compressed air to create her electronic book. On the left of the box an automatic series of alphabets (any language), with a push of a button the required text and sentences appeared. Also, on the
Her forward thinking in creating an ebook with the ability for automation, different languages, and mobility. Ángela wrote 16 publications on teaching pedagogy including “Atlas científico gramatical” (to learn about the syntax and morphology of the Spanish language). As a result, her impact on technology and education was world-renowned. Google dedicated a doodle to the trailblazer on March 28, 2016, for her 121st birthday. Ed-tech company Genius Plaza, also dedicated an ebook to the tech pioneer.