In the days before digital before we had a television in our home books were the only way to learn about something, the only way to check facts. It was, in fact, our version of Google.
"The World Book was Google, for an era of print. If you needed to know something, there it was, on the shelf at home."I found this quote while searching for an image to use. Think about it ... if rain suddenly started pouring into your house, what would you save first? Your TV? Your iPod? Your Kindle? I saved the source of my knowledge our encyclopedias.