(i) Before printing started, ideas and information were written by hand in the form of manuscripts. Manuscripts were copied on palm leaves or hand-made paper. Pages were often beautifully illustrated.
(ii) Printing press first came to Goa with Portuguese missionaries in the mid-sixteenth century. By 1674 about 50 books had been printed in Konkani and Kanara languages. The English language press did not grow in India till quite late even though ‘ the English East India company began to import press from late 17th century.