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Life for book nerd’s in the late 90s and early 00s was very different. Bookstores were everywhere because ebooks and Amazon hadn’t destroyed the industry yet, librarians and Encyclopedia Encarta were the OG Google, and websites were embarrassing as hell.

Thanks to “The Wayback Machine,” the publishing world’s humbler (and incredibly embarrassing) beginnings have been preserved for all time. So sit back, relax, tell your mom to stop picking up the phone and breaking the dial-up connection and let’s revisit what publishing websites looked like when they first launched way back in the day.

Penguin

Circa 1997

Penguin.com circa 1997 - What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

Random House

Circa 1996

RandomHouse.com circa 1996 - What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

Harper Teen

Circa 2001-2002

HarperTeen.com circa 2002 - What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

Scholastic

Circa 1996

Scholastic.com circa 1996 - What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

Simon & Schuster

Circa 1999

Simonandschuster.com circa 1999- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

Bloomsbury

Circa 1999

Bloomsbury.com circa 1999- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

Tor.com

Circa 1998

Tor.com circa 1998- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

Barnes & Noble

Circa 1999

Barnesandnoble.com circa 1999- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

Borders Books (RIP 😢)

Circa 1996

Borders.com circa 1996- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

Publisher’s Weekly

Circa 1999

PublishersWeekly.com circa 1999 - What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

NeilGaiman.com

Circa 1999

NeilGaiman.com circa 1999- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

JKRowling.com

Circa 2000

JKRowling.com circa 2000- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

Judy Blume’s Home Base

JudyBlume.com circa 1998

JudyBlume.com circa 1998- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

SarahDessen.com

Circa 2002

SarahDessen.com circa 2002- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

Rick Riordan’s Homepage

RickRiordan.com circa 2001

RickRiordan.com circa 2001- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

The Official Stephen King Web Presence

StephenKing.com circa 1999

StephenKing.com circa 1999- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

MecCabot.com

Circa 2001

MegCabot.com circa 2001- What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day by EpicReads

 

SuzanneCollinsBooks.com

Circa 2017. No, seriously. This is what her website still looks like. Check it out here.

 

 

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