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Printing is an industrial process for reproducing copies of texts and images, typically with ink on paper using a printing press. It is an important part of publishing.

Printing using a printing press dates back to the 15th century in Europe, although the technique have been developed and used earlier in China. An example is the Diamond Sutra of AD 868, a Buddhist scripture, which is the earliest known dated work of block printing.

The advent of printing greatly increased the production and availability of books.

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