When Books Were Invented

when books were invented

When books were invented, they changed the way we live. No longer were they the documents made by officials and religious doctrines; now, everyone could read them. People began to print everything from fiction novels to cookbooks. Books were also used for propaganda. Today, book printing machines are up to three times larger than the original Gutenberg printing press, and books are produced digitally. Before Gutenberg, books were handwritten and took a long time to produce.

Choe Yun-ui

The printing process that helped bring books to the world originated in the Far East, but it wasn’t until the 14th century that the process was brought to the west. Choe Yun-ui was a civil minister in Korea, who invented the printing press 150 years before Gutenberg. He adapted the method of making coins and developed three-dimensional characters to print on paper. The process involved coating sheets of paper with ink and pressing them into sheets.

Cai Lun

Before Cai Lun, books were made from bamboo. Bamboo books were heavy and cumbersome, and they were not affordable for general use. Silk-paged books were also too expensive. When paper was not available, parchment or vellum was used instead. Vellum is a type of leather that is specially treated for writing. In the ancient world, papyrus was the preferred type of paper, but it was expensive to prepare and scarce.


Gutenberg was not the first to create the printing press, but his work laid the groundwork for the commercial mass production of books. Gutenberg’s invention made books more affordable and accessible, and it allowed people to participate in debates and discuss topics of public interest. The invention also led to more stringent attempts at censorship, as printed words were seen as a threat to authority.

Chinese monk

Before Gutenberg invented the printing press, Chinese monks had already been using the block printing method to produce books. They used carved wooden blocks to press words onto sheets of paper. This method was used to produce “The Diamond Sutra,” which was printed in 868 during the Tang Dynasty (618-909) in China. The text was then sealed in a cave near Dunhuang, China, and is now housed in the British Library in London.

Chinese bookbinder

Chinese bookbinding has a rich heritage. Before the invention of printing presses, most written texts were stored in scrolls. The first scrolls were made from bamboo and wooden sheets strung together. The characters were read right to left. Until the 7th century, a book contained multiple scrolls side by side and strung along the top and bottom of the book. Once bound, these books were often rolled up and stored in a case. Readers then unfolded the rolled-up book on a desk.

Korean monk

The Korean monk Kyonghan invented movable type and published a book called the Buddhist Treaty in 1377. This book is still in the Bibliothèque nationale de France. It has been classified as the oldest movable metal type printing evidence.

Korean bookbinder

During the Middle Ages, a Korean bookbinder was one of the first to create a movable type system, which uses individual letters and characters that are molded into frames. The molds were made of clay and were later crafted into bronze frames to produce pages of text. The stab binding method is used in many cultures, and it was also used in China and Japan.

Japanese bookbinder

The Japanese bookbinder is a skilled bookmaker who specializes in binding books using different types of materials. He has a unique set of tools that help him create a book from scratch. These tools include a bonefolder and bookbinding presses that hold the book vertically or horizontally. Another tool that he uses is a knife that cuts the leather used to bind books. He is also known for the Library-style binding, which was used in public lending libraries and included leather or buckram spines with reinforced endpapers.

English bookbinder

When books were invented, a great bookbinder was essential to make them look beautiful. The English bookbinder Edwards of Halifax was a notable example of a great bookbinder, and he produced the first TRANSPARENTAL VELLUM bindings. Payne also mastered the art of gold-tooling corner-pieces and ornamental inside linings. He was also the first to introduce graining in morocco in one direction. Payne also cut his own binding tools from iron, and put a written description on the bindings.

American bookbinder

The bookbinder is the person responsible for creating a book. The art of bookbinding is an art form that dates back centuries. Before the invention of printing, books were only bound with leather. Leather bindings were primarily made of sheepskin.

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