A book is a set of sheets of any material on which a text has been handwritten or printed, assembled, or bound to form a volume.
Since its origins, humankind has had to face a fundamental question: how to preserve and transmit its culture, that is, its beliefs and knowledge, both in space and in time.
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The origins of the book’s history go back to the first pictorial manifestations of our ancestors, the cave paintings of the Paleolithic man.
With symbolism, possibly laden with magical meanings, these paintings depict animals, hunts, and other everyday scenes from the natural environment of ancient man, who sought to subdue nature’s adverse forces by capturing its essence through their representation.
They are the earliest precedent for the earliest printed documents in living memory.
During the ancient and middle ages of human history, when illiteracy predominated, books were scarce and expensive.
They were all handwritten on large parchments jealously guarded in some libraries, such as those of Pergamon, Alexandria, or Byzantium.
So that people who wanted to learn about them had to travel to those cities and request them. Access to a book of the time was a procedure within reach of a few.
Since ancient times, ignorance and superstition prevailed, but the enormous power and influence that information had for those who decided to obtain it was recognized; therefore, it was jealously guarded.
With the advent of the printing press, the era of bibliographic expansion, modernity, and critical thinking began, facilitated today by access to information from other sources, such as newspapers, magazines, the internet, etc. Nevertheless, the value of the book is enduring through time.