For thousands of years, books have been one of the best ways for people to share knowledge, ideas, imagination, dreams, hopes, and feelings.
So Many Books, So Little Time!
There are somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published every year in the United States alone.
The History Of Books
Before there were books, there were scrolls. Scrolls are like books except they do not have a front or back cover. One of the problems with scrolls is they're really long; it's hard to keep your place, and they don't fit on a bookshelf. Without a spine, it's impossible to tell what the title is without unwinding it. Books are much easier for the reader to handle; it's just a better design.
"If you only read the books everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking." Haruki Murakami
"If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." --Oscar Wilde
"If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." --Toni Morricson
"The world is a book, and thosewho don't travel read only one page." --Saint Augustine
Now and Then
Gutenberg invented the printing press and nothing was ever the same again. This machine made it possible for printers to manufacture many more books per year. Now books and the ideas they carried could reach people everywhere.
People have many different ways to access books. They can read paperback books, hardback books, or e-books. There's no excuse Not TO READ!
"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." Lemony Snicket.