Thanks for the additional version of the essay and for the correct spelling of Mr. Bush's uncommon first name. I posted a plain vanilla PalmDOC so it could reach the widest audience.
Its a highly recommended read for anyone interested in eBooks and, IMHO, a _mandatory_ read for anyone wishing to comment on the state of eBooks, the Web, or electonic libraries of any kind. You can't judge accurately where we are going without knowing where we've been and how we got to where we are today.
Many things are invented "before their time" and its a big loss to everyone when they are forgotten before they can be applied. EBooks, like Holograms and Geostationary Communications Satelites, were invented before there was the technonlogy to actually make them work. All three were invented decades before the supporting technology was there and, fortunately for everyone, they were not forgotten.