The contents of the book is divided into four periods,a chronological approach that displays China's publishing history and culture against the whole panorama of Chinese cultural development. Papermaking technology, printing technology and the application of modern digital technol-ogy are the transition markers,,thus: 1. The invention of characters and the appearance of books - the era of writ-ings on bamboo and silk; 2. The invention of papermaking technology - the era of books handwritten on paper;3. The invention and development of printing technology -the printing era;4. The development of digital technology,a profound influence on Chinese pubiishing - our current digital publishing era. Modern Chinese publishing is highly diverse in character, a pattern that encompasses print publishing, on-line publishing and mobile-phone publishing.