Resources about Books and their History

From Cuneiform Alphabets to Curious George

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Books are considered the oldest mass medium.

When writing was invented in ancient times, anything that could be written upon was used – stone, clay, bark, metal, skins.

Around 5,000 years ago, Egyptians wrote on papyrus, a plant grown along the Nile River. Then the Sumerians wrote on clay tablets around 2400-2200 BC.

Mass printing of modern books began a mere 560 years ago. They were the first truly mass medium.

Today there are non-physical books published in electronic formats known as electronic books or e-books.

Most people still think of a book as a written work that has been published and sometimes printed on pages bound together, but not always such a physical object.

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