How Are Books Made?

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There is no doubt that books have massive influences on our everyday lives. Most people either love or hate books. You may spend hundreds of dollars on them every month, or maybe you despise them and believe that they are a waste of valuable time. Either way, these cover bound pages make a large impact on how you may live your life. Some of the most important things to America were written on paper, e.g. the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and so on. Sometimes,  a novel can be so influential that it is referred to as a part of history. Some very commonly-mentioned authors and their famous works you may have heard of are: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet; Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea; and, more recently, J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. But with all of the impacts that these pages can make, so many people are unaware of how these pieces are written.

There is a great deal of history with book fashioning, and it dates back thousands of years. The first to use paper for writing were the Egyptians, who used that method for 3,000 years. The next to come close to the modern process were the Hindu scribes living in India during the second century. The scribes would attach palm leaves etched in religious writings between two wooden boards with the use of twine.

Despite all of the progression in bookbinding and printing, the most significant increase in the quality and production rate of books in a day was the Gutenberg Press. This idea was revolutionary and the first printing press of many to come. The statistics show what a huge deal this was, “Before the printing press, a few pages per day could be produced by hand-copying. Afterward, printing presses could produce as many as 3,600 pages a day,” says Wonderopolis. This drastic change resulted in books, texts, and passages becoming much more accessible to not only the public but everyone everywhere. Think of seeing someone hold a book as they walk down the road. This is nothing out of the ordinary in today’s world, but before the printing press, this was essentially the equivalent of watching someone of common wealth walk down the street with a diamond the size of their foot in their hands. This shows just how rare written texts were. The design of the printing press has evolved into today’s printing press.                                

In conclusion, the history of book-making is long and complex enough to write a book on. Books have and still are today making large impacts on everyday life. Many people would argue that books are the best way to obtain information. Or that, without books, humanity would not be as evolved as it is. The point is, the small, seemingly insignificant object you hold in your hand went through tens of centuries of evolution to get there, and books are treasures and endlessly valuable resource that go highly unused everyday, so try to understand and use them to the best of your ability.