The further back you travel from the invention of the printing press, the more difficult it is to define what makes a book a book. Does it have to be bound? Does it have to be composed of pages? Does it have to contain text as opposed to images? Being bound is indeed helpful, but we think the one that trumps them all is whether or not it was meant to be read by more than one person, so that its contents could be shared and valued as objects of learning. That is the most important aspect of what makes a book, a book. With that in mind, here are the 10 oldest books ever discovered. (Info collected thanks to https://wiganlanebooks.co.uk/ and http://mentalfloss.com/).
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