The First Bookstore in the World
The Roman book trade network was quite developed and covered the whole empire.
The total number of book printings reached 1000. Originally, books had been sold in format of scrolls, but since the 2nd century the basic form of literature has been codex.
No concept of copyright or publishing rights has existed back then. After the fall of Rome, the book trade has gradually declined. Copying and distribution of manuscripts have been resumed in the early Middle Ages in monastic scriptoria.