There was a fear that it would become another victim of technology after the advent of e-books, coupled with internet shopping, opened a new chapter for publishing and bookshops started vanishing from the High Street.
Yet, after book sales reached a record £5.7bn last year thanks, in no small part, to those Yorkshire authors who were honoured at last night’s industry awards, there’s a growing belief that a page has now been turned. This is welcome. A home without a book lacks a soul. And then there are the educational benefits – harnessing a love of learning, literature and the written word. Perhaps now is the time to actually invest in school libraries and help to nurture the next generation of eager readers by making it possible for them, too, to discover the wonders of a book.