One of China's
ingenous invention was paper. The first paper was made from silk
rags. Later paper was made from bamboo, hemp, or bark. Paper
was invented by Cai Lun the head of the imperial workshops in A.D. 105.
There was a high demand for paper from the Hanna civil service and it was
mass produced in government factories.
to the development of paper, wood block printing was developed in the 9th
the end of the Tang dynasty there were bookshops in all Chinese cities.
Movable type was invented by Bi Sheng in the Song dynasty but it didnít
wok well because there were to many type symbols so this did not replace
Interesting facts on printing
Seal prints was
the 1st form of writing; they were carved from stone, wood, horn, bronze,
or ceramics. They were used on official documents, works of art and
1st books were
made from strips of bamboo which were tied together in a bundle.
2nd books after
paper was invented were long scrolls and handwritten in vertical columns
and read from right to left.