Laine Nooney has a new book coming out all about the Apple II:
The Apple II was a versatile piece of hardware, but its most compelling story isn’t found in the feat of its engineering, the personalities of Apple’s founders, or the way it set the stage for the company’s multi-billion-dollar future. Instead, as historian Laine Nooney shows, what made the Apple II iconic was its software. In software, we discover the material reasons people bought computers. Not to hack, but to play. Not to code, but to calculate. Not to program, but to print. The story of personal computing in the United States is not about the evolution of hackers — it’s about the rise of everyday users.
John Gruber, in his linked post about the book:
Did I preorder a copy immediately? Come on, you know the answer.
My debit card literally jumped out of my wallet and at the screen of my MacBook Pro.