What role did the book play in the development of mankind?

The main purpose of any book is to preserve the knowledge accumulated over the centuries and pass it on to subsequent generations. Thanks to the invention of the book, conditions were created for the rapid progress of mankind in all its spheres of life and activity. Most scientific discoveries are usually made on the basis of previously accumulated knowledge, information and the results of numerous experiments, which are systematized and placed in books. We are used to believing in books, and the knowledge that we get from them gives us the opportunity to move forward in our cultural and scientific development without wasting time on those experiments and the search for those results that are already known and which are reflected in books. We owe books not only to scientific discoveries, but also to the fact that today we can enjoy the masterpieces of world literature, created not only in our era, but also in ancient times.
Communication with the book helps a person to develop and improve. Indeed, in order to understand the meaning that the author seeks to convey to the reader, you need to read thoughtfully, carefully, connect your own experience, be able to analyze information. And if the reader succeeds, then a whole world of interesting events, deep emotional experiences, intellectual discoveries is revealed to him.
At all times, the book was treated as a shrine. Once, even before the invention of printing technology, books were written by hand, and their covers were decorated with gilding and precious stones. The Bible is rightfully considered the book of books – an ancient and eternal treasury of human wisdom for all occasions, which has come down to us through the difficult history of two millennia. The principles of life set forth in it are relevant today.
The book, written many centuries ago, helps us to understand the worldview and thinking of our distant ancestors, thereby revealing the secrets of the human essence. Thanks to books, we can trace the evolution of a person’s worldview, social structure, ethical standards. Books preserve the entire known history of our existence on Earth.
Today the book is somewhat losing its position in relation to other high-tech means of communication. But, in my opinion, there is nothing wrong with that. E-books, which can be found on the Internet, greatly facilitate and accelerate access to the right information. And there will always be many supporters of reading traditional books, because communicating with a printed book makes you feel as if you are communicating with a living person.

Remember: The process of learning a person lasts a lifetime. The value of the same knowledge for different people may be different, it is determined by their individual characteristics and needs. Therefore, knowledge is always needed at any age and position.