It is not usual for technology or to play a title role in works of fiction. Air Force One (1997) as an example. I am not looking for work that is both an ebook and a movie. I am looking for something like Attack of the Killer (ereader brand)'. Or the The (ebook title) that changed the World

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about movies rather than about ebooks: it is more suited to movies.stackexchange.com. In addition, it is chatty and open-ended rather than practical and answerable.
    – Tom
    Feb 19, 2014 at 18:03
  • The answer is not a movie, though one has been made. It is an ebook considered by some to be "the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom" while the question may or may not be out of scope, it is not out of scope for being more suitable at movies.se. Feb 19, 2014 at 23:26
  • This question appears to be off-topic because it is about ebook content.
    – Jason Down
    Feb 20, 2014 at 4:06
  • @JasonDown - I'm afraid I have to disagree. It is not uncommon for technology to appear in science fiction well before in is actually invented. The question is more about the role of ebooks in society, as addressed in fictional media. Feb 20, 2014 at 17:04
  • Well if two more people vote to reopen it then it will be reopened (you can always start a meta discussion and duke it out). My vote unfortunately is binding, so I'm not going to vote to reopen it (I didn't want to vote to close for that reason, but I felt it was off-topic).
    – Jason Down
    Feb 20, 2014 at 20:37

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One of the most famous is The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, which is a travel guide that is mentioned periodically in the novel of the same name (and also its sequels) by Douglas Adams.

  • I have the entire trilogy (of five books... figure that one out) queued up to read soon. Finally getting around to reading them.
    – Jason Down
    Feb 19, 2014 at 20:55
  • @JasonDown Better to listen to the radio series which is the original
    – mmmmmm
    Feb 19, 2014 at 22:25
  • It is also the title of the movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) Feb 19, 2014 at 23:12

"The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" by Neal Stephenson is heavily focussed on the eponymous ebook reader.

At the age of four, Nell receives a stolen copy of an interactive book, Young Lady's Illustrated Primer: a Propædeutic Enchiridion in which is told the tale of Princess Nell and her various friends, kin, associates, &c., originally intended for an aristocrat's child in the Neo-Victorian New Atlantis phyle. The story follows Nell's development under the tutelage of the Primer, and to a lesser degree, the lives of Elizabeth and Fiona, girls who receive similar books. The Primer is intended to steer its reader intellectually toward a more interesting life, as defined by "Equity Lord" Alexander Chung-Sik Finkle-McGraw, and growing up to be an effective member of society. The most important quality to achieving an "interesting life" is deemed to be a subversive attitude towards the status quo. The Primer is designed to react to its owners' environment and teach them what they need to know to survive and develop.

Interestingly, the book almost certainly inspired the development of real-world ebook readers...

  • I can't believe that I didn't think of that one! Great story. Feb 20, 2014 at 17:00

The closest example that I can think of is in I, Robot... You, Jane, an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In this episode there is an old book which contains the life force of a demon. It is scanned in to a computer, releasing the demon into the computer network.

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