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Newsbooks were the 17th-century precursors to today's newspapers. [1] Originating in England and Scotland, they are distinct from the earlier news periodicals, known as corantos, which were sourced from Europe.

The first newsbook was published in November 1641, and in the years 1641-2 there were 171 different editions available. [2] The newsbooks were strongly partisan until Parliament regained control of the press in September 1949. [3]

Newsbooks often contained satirical poems, or otherwise formal reports of major news events.

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  1. ^ "Newsbook". The Economist. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  2. ^ Template:The Beginnings of the English Newspaper, 1620–1660, by Joseph Frank, 1961
  3. ^ Template:The Invention of the Newspaper: English Newsbooks 1641-1649 by Joad Raymond, p.13