Birth of Books


  • Paper was invented by the ancient Chinese in about 105 C.E  (Han Dynast) and spread slowly to the west via the Silk Road.
  • The earliest woodblock printed fragments were from China, before 220 AD.
  • Between 1041 and 1048, the first known movable type system was created out of porcelain in Bi Sheng. (Source: the wood printing in wikipedia)
  • Block printing was used in Christian Europe as a method for printing on cloth, where it was common by 1300. At around 1400, paper became relatively available.
  •  Johannes Gutenberg, Mainz in Germany, developed European movable type printing technology in 1439. Gutenberg was also credited with the introduction of an oil-based ink.             — Source: Wikipedia “History of Printing


  • December 2004 Google signaled an extension to its Google Print initiative known as the Google Print Library Project , then announced partnerships with several high-profile university and public libraries
  • First generation Kindle was on the market on November 19, 2007, for $399.

Now we can publish and share photos, stories, poems, information, knowledge… anytime, anywhere with anyone 🙂  Thanks to WP!

Have a great week 🙂

35 thoughts on “Birth of Books

  1. Stunning take on the entry Amy! I just finished taking a few pics of my favourite books..hehehehe
    Thanks for sharing hon. Very interesting video. 😀 *hugs*


  2. Just two days ago I downloaded my first Ebook but I don’t think it will ever replace the feeling of picking up a good book, feeling it’s weight in my hands and the smell of the paper and flipping to the back to see the number of pages in a good, thick book.


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