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.
Simon & Schuster
Barnes & Noble
Borders Books (RIP 😢)
Judy Blume’s Home Base
JudyBlume.com circa 1998
Rick Riordan’s Homepage
RickRiordan.com circa 2001
The Official Stephen King Web Presence
StephenKing.com circa 1999
Circa 2017. No, seriously. This is what her website still looks like. Check it out here.
Up next: A Brief History of Young Adult Books