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ABOUT Y4U PUBLISHING

The advent of the information age

In the Middle Ages books and knowledge were available to only a very few people. Books were hand-written and the only book that most people had access to was the Bible, which was written in Latin and kept in the local church.

The first revolution was the invention of the printing press in about 1456 by Johannes Gutenberg. This enabled books to be produced more easily and to reach a wider audience. Intellectual life became no longer the exclusive domain of the church and court. The more widespread availability of books inspired appreciation for classical art and literature, which helped to usher in the era of the Enlightenment and the Renaissance.

However, although the technology of printing became more efficient there were no fundamental innovations until towards the end of the 20th century. This saw two further revolutions: the ability to set type and print electronically; and the development of the internet.

These two developments mean that information is potentially available to everyone worldwide in a way that was not previously possible. This may well in time bring about social changes as great, or greater, than those set off by the printing press.

Whereas previously most popular books were fiction, the best sellers now tend to be those which provide information that people want to live their lives in more fulfilling ways, whether new recipes to cook or better ways to manage time.

What's in a name?

The name Y4U can be taken as a question "Why for you?" The answer may be another question "Why not for you?"

Y4U Publishing aims to provide books and other media that provide its customers with the information that they want and need in their lives.