Throughout the history of China, there have been many writing technologies that have emerged and are thriving in the region to this day. In the early times before printing was invented, these books would be handwritten on to thin sheets of bamboo. First discovered in ancient Chinese tombs, these bamboo sheets would be bound together by what is now referred to as thongs in order for these sheets to be able to roll up into scrolls. The bamboo books were often used for drafts and not final versions of texts. The final texts would be written and finalized onto silk since its lightness and pliability made it easier for transportation.
The first instance of printing came in the form of ink stamping. This is when they would take a piece of paper and stamp it on a relief stone where ink was applied and it would be able to transfer the ink to the paper, resulting in an easy and repeatable process. This process can still be seen in many things such as stamps. In a sense, you can see this technique as a stone stamp in the modern day.
When movable type came into existence in the western world, it emerged in China as well. This means that a full set of characters could be printed even more efficiently and the characters could be reused again and again. Even though this was revolutionary in the western world with the Latin alphabet, this method of printing was not popular and did not seem to be as efficient with the Chinese language. In the alphabetical system, there are a plethora of characters that would have to be made to print any amount of pages. The nature of the Chinese language is that there are many more characters in the language, posing an impractical challenge for printers because they would have to stock so many letters. This printing process was only used when they had to print a large number of copies since the stamps would be reusable, thus making it worth stocking the characters for the specific print. In China, we see very different printing and writing technologies as a whole because of the nature of the language and how it is different from the western alphabet, posing a challenge for them throughout history.