Imagine a world without books. You would have no information about the world outside, except what you could learn from travellers. You would know nothing about the past, except what storytellers could remember. The book is a truly amazing data storage device, yet most of us take it for granted. Find out how it has developed over the centuries, and how it is being reinvented for the future.
This is Book 1 in the You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Series. See all You Wouldn't Want to Live Without books here.
See More History & the past: general interest
Alex Woolf studied history at Essex University, and has written and edited many 20th century history titles for young people.More about Alex Woolf
John Malam studied ancient history and archaeology at the University of Birmingham, after which he worked as an archaeologist at the Iron Bridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire. He is now an author specialising in information books for children. He lives in Cheshire with his wife, a book designer, and their two children.More about David Antram