The earliest civilizations developed writing systems in order to keep records. Since then, writing has evolved to become a complex form of communication. In fact, reading and writing today are often hi-tech endeavors. This book discusses (in chronological order) the invention of calligraphy, paper, moveable type, and Kindle e-Readers. It demonstrates the effect these innovations have had on readers, writers, and the world at large. The book also draws connections between the inventions themselves. These connections are often surprising, such as the link between moveable type, e-books, and our modern idea of individual nations with unique identities.