The Amazing Story of Books

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A few years ago, children filled their backpacks full of books and used them to do homework each night. References were found in libraries filled with printed materials and magazines. Books were considered reading material, and people carried bibles around that were printed by the millions each year. The printed accounts were the topics of wars, held sacred and hidden away, and burned as sacrilegious. Yes, if books could talk they would have an amazing story to tell.


Books were born when ancient humankind wrote on bark, skins, and pounded material called papyrus. By rolling the textural contents into tight scrolls, the first type of book known to mankind was born. The scrolls were considered valuable and stored in jars to protect them from the elements. Around 200 B.C., Hindi scribes transformed book writing with a new technique involving palm leaves. This new type of writing was used up until the Gutenberg press was invented in the 1500s.


Once the press appeared, books became more common and were read by the average man, not just kings, noble people, and religious icons. Books also became smaller and easier to carry about for reading during one’s leisure. The intricate parts of the press allowed letters to become smaller, and less ink was used in printing as specialty parts such as the flexo doctor blade was invented. As with most things in life, books are again going through a revolution.


Many printed materials are seeing a change as e-books become more popular. Tablets, computers, and videos are replacing the text book in many classrooms. Many people are even finding time to carry books on their phones and enjoying a few minutes with their e-books during lunch breaks.

Books, however, have not been replaced or forgotten. They are still seen as valuable, created for enjoyment, and treasured by adults and children the entire world over.