Books have had a long and important history in many cultures all over the world! Before books as you know them were around, people as far back as Ancient Egypt were writing on whatever they could – stone, clay, wood, and early forms of paper such as scrolls.
For a long time, books were rare and expensive because there was no printing and every individual book had to be written out by hand! (Can you imagine how long that would take for a big book, like one the size of the dictionary??) But when the printing press was invented in the mid-1400’s by Johannes Gutenburg, it suddenly became much easier for books to be made and sold! This helped a lot with things like education, because it was hard for people to learn without books to study from! Plus, once books were easier to make more people were able to have them because they weren’t as expensive!