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Old 01-03-2008, 09:23 PM   #1
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Twain, Mark: Following the Equator. v1, 3 Jan 2008

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Following the Equator (American English title) or More Tramps Abroad (English title) is a non-fiction travelogue published by American author Mark Twain in 1897.

Twain was practically bankrupt in 1894 due to a failed investment into a "revolutionary" typesetting machine. In an attempt to extricate himself from debt of $100,000 (equivalent of about $2 million in 2005) he undertook a tour of the British Empire in 1895, a route chosen to provide numerous opportunities for lectures in the English language.

In Following the Equator, an account of that travel published in 1897, the author unmasks and criticizes racism, imperialism and missionary zeal in observations woven into the narrative with classical Twain wit.
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On a side note, any hints on why the "revolutionary" typesetting machine failed? Seems like Mark Twain was a pretty smart fellow, so I was surprised to find out that he made a bad business decision....
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On a side note, any hints on why the "revolutionary" typesetting machine failed? Seems like Mark Twain was a pretty smart fellow, so I was surprised to find out that he made a bad business decision....
I think the problem was caused by the fact that only a certain type of paper could be used on the "revolutionary" typesetting machine. The paper was designed so that the ink automatically disappeared after what was printed was read. If one wanted to read it again they would have to repurchase the book. Publishers at the time were all for it, but it never caught on with the public. This is probably one of the first cases where Digital Rights Management caused a public uproar.
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