Can be seen from the books of the generation and development process, it gradually to light, durable, easy to record, copy the text and picture material, through continuous improvement of technical means, without the time and space constraints, transmission of information, has declared on, storage and dissemination of ideology and culture. The books are one of the important symbol of human progress and civilization. Into the 20th century, the book has become the main tool for the dissemination of knowledge, science and technology and the preservation of cultural With the dissemination of knowledge of science and technology development, information tools, in addition to books, newspapers, other tools are gradually produced and developed. However, the role of books, can not be replaced by other means of communication or means. In modern times, whether in China or other countries, the book still is to promote the social, political, economic, and cultural development of essential communication tools.
Ever found, the first book in the system by the ancient Egyptians 5,000 years ago, paper papyrus book. To Greece and Rome in the 1st century AD with the animal skin to record the country's legal, historical and other important content, an important form of the Shang period in China Oracle ancient books. Before the invention of printing a copy of the book are done by hand, its costs and labor are quite high. The application of the books in the Middle Ages only a few churches, universities, nobles and government. Until the 15th century Gutenberg invention of printing, books as ordinary people can afford the items, which can be widely disseminated. 1990s With the popularity of the network book has been out of the limitations of the paper, e-books especially the space is small, easy communication, easy to save and other advantages to become the development trend of future book.