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What Publishing Websites Looked Like Way Back in the Day

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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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