A precursor to newspapers. From this British Library page:
Newsbooks were the ancestors of newspapers, printed at this time  in editions of up to 250 copies, though being read probably by a much larger number. While newsbooks became widespread during the 1640s, their origin can be traced back to official statements about public events, such as The Trewe encountre, a pamphlet published following the Battle of Flodden in 1513, and corantos, newsletters carrying collected information, which often contained reported speech.
During the Civil War (1642-51) a newspaper war broke out; the royalist Mercurius Aulicus was printed in Oxford and Bristol, even circulating in London, where it was regarded as a major problem by the parliamentarians, who eventually produced the Mercurius Britannicus to counter it.
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Front cover of the Perfect Diurnall for January 16–23, 1654, with which Mabbot was associated.
Newsbooks were the 17th-century precursors to today's newspapers.
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. The newsbooks were strongly partisan until Parliament regained control of the press in September 1649. 
Newsbooks often contained satirical poems, or otherwise formal reports of major news events.
- ^ "Newsbook". The Economist. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
- ^ Frank, Joseph (1961). The Beginnings of the English Newspaper, 1620–1660. ISBN 9780674331952.
- ^ Raymond, Joad. The Invention of the Newspaper: English Newsbooks 1641-1649. p. 13.
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.