During the rein of the British Government in India writing of books and other informatory material took a concrete shape and with the advent of printing presses various books on almost all the subjects and periodicals touching every aspect of life started appearing.

It was found necessary to establish a system of compulsory sale to Government, of three copies of each work in India.

As per the Act, every book/newspaper was required to print the name of the printer and the publisher and the place of the publication.

To achieve this purpose a Bill was introduced in the Legislature for the regulation of printing presses and newspaper for the preservation of copies of books and periodicals containing news printed in the whole of India and for the registration of such books and periodicals containing news.