The history of printing dates back from the T'ang Dynasty when the Chinese developed woodblock printing. This led to the printing of the first full-length book and a few other enhancement in the movable type printing. When German craftsman invented the first printing press in 1440, the printing world was revolutionized and certain industries were given the opportunity to print various media more easily and quickly. The first weekly newspaper was created in Belgium, paving the way for other important printed materials, including the Bible.
In the early 1700s, the first English language newspaper was printed and the United States opened its own first paper mill. More than a century later, an American inventor, Richard Hoe, designed an improved printing press that can print up to 8,000 sheet an hour. Several years after, the first machine that can print on both sides of paper was put to reality. The double-sided capability became one of the most sought-after features in many of today's printer because of its usefulness in saving paper.
The names Xerox, Brother, Epson, HP, Canon, Dell, Kodak, and Epson began to emerge at the turn of the 20th century with their more sophisticated printer models. For decades these brands enjoyed their share of glory on the printing market for producing almost indispensible equipment. However, by the late 2000s a new breed of tech devices has been developed, in the form of smartphones and tablets, which gave people less reason to print.