The Printing Press Invented By Johann Gutenberg Essay

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In 1451, a goldsmith from Mainz, Germany, named Johann Gutenberg, came up with a novel way to print material much more efficiently and quickly than the scribes who were common at the time. His new method, called the printing press, featured movable type and served as the precursor to the mammoth presses used to print millions of newspapers, magazines, and books. His new methods made books more widely available throughout Europe, and they began to be published in the vernacular. This also contributed to the rapid spread of standardized, accurate information, which helped spread new ideas in both religious and secular matters. The printing press invented by Johann Gutenberg is one of the most impactful and influential inventions, an innovation which truly revolutionized Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries. The first, perhaps most obvious, impact of the printing press on 15th and 16th century Europe was that more books were produced. Before Gutenberg’s invention, books were produced mostly by monks working in scriptoria, rooms dedicated solely to the copying of manuscripts. (Gutenberg 's Legacy.) It could take over a year to copy over a manuscript, especially for extensive manuscripts such as the Bible.(Junior Scholastic 1) With the development of Gutenberg’s printing press, books could be printed quickly and easily. In fact, less than 50 years after Gutenberg developed his famous press, there were about 10 to 12 million books in Europe - a stark contrast to Europe 50…

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