In ancient times, a scroll (the precursor to modern books) was the most common form for written works. A scroll was created on a roll of papyrus, made from reed plants. It was typically 10-12 inches wide and up to 35-feet long. Scrolls found in Qumran were more than twenty feet long with writing in narrow columns about 3-inches wide separated by a narrow margin between the columns. Writing on the scrolls continued right to left and thus, the reader would unroll the scroll to the left while rolling up completed sections to the right.