Cheap prints and calendars were bought even by the poor to decorate the walls of their
Why is China called the major producer of printed material?
- The imperial state in China was, for a very long time, the major producer of printed material.
- China possessed a huge bureaucratic system which recruited its personnel through the civil service examinations.
- Textbooks for this examination were printed in vast numbers, under the sponsorship of the imperial state. From the 16th century, the number of candidates went up and that increased the volume of print.