Books have actually existed before the invention of pen and paper, having been made from bound
leather. The paper did make it easier and cheaper to produce them though. Having moved on from
rolled up scrolls to stacks of bound paper that you can navigate with the flip of a page, people were
now able to neatly store large amounts of writing in a compact manner. The only problem with the
books were that each had to be written by hand. There was no such thing as "copy and paste" and
every single copy of a book had to be written out. Imagine writing a potentially best-selling book
only to have to write it again and again and again for every copy you sold.
Even after the invention of the typewriter in 1867 (thank you so much Christopher Latham Sholes)
people still had to copy books and documents by hand, however it was now possible to do two to
three pages at once, cutting down the process a bit. It wouldn’t be in till after the first computer was
made that people would be able to copy the same document without actually writing it again.
After the computer came the internet and with it came the ability to share documents over vast
distances. People began making webpages where others could search and read up about certain
topics. This was also a good opportunity for writhers because this allowed them to publish their
stories online where people could easily access them form any device capable of connecting to the
net. People began selling their books online and this is where the idea of the Gobii was born.