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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Micro Book (Microbook)  
  A very small volume, possibly an electronic book.  

This is a very early reference to this idea in science fiction. You might also be interested in the filament paper book from Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune.

There were even microbooks in the rocket, with a small pocket-model viewer; there was hardly space for a projector.
From One Way Trip, by Anthony Boucher.
Published by Astounding Science Fiction in 1943
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It is not clear whether this refers to a very small book that requires some sort of magnification ( a viewer) or possibly an electronic book. An early (unambiguous) reference to the idea of electronic books can be found in Stanislaw Lem's 1961 novel Return from the Stars; see the entry for opton.

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