The landscape of books, reading, and publishing has evolved dramatically in the past two decades. While print is far from dead, electronic publishing continues to evolve. This lecture briefly examines the history of books and publishing, from the earliest printed books to the advent of the paperback. We then turn our gaze to the evolution of electronic texts, exploring the future of innovative and interactive ebooks, gamification, transmedia, and digital textbooks, using examples from a variety of disciplines including literature, humanities, and STEM. Considering the latest research in the science of learning and the brain, we’ll discover how digital texts hold the potential to improve learning and student outcomes, while new forms of interaction with texts provide opportunities for accessibility, collaboration, and social reading.