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Gutenberg to Today

  1. 1. A Brief History of Print<br />
  2. 2. Early books<br />Prior to the invention of the printing press, books were not easy to come by.<br />Only the very rich could read because they were the only ones that could afford books.<br />Why?<br />
  3. 3. Early books<br />Books were written out by hand.<br />
  4. 4. Early books<br />The handwritten books were very ornate and extremely expensive; consequently, only the rich could afford them.<br />They were printed on parchment or vellum (prepared animal skins).<br /><br />
  5. 5. Early books<br />Moveable type had been invented by Bi Sheng in the 1040s.<br />
  6. 6. Early books<br />The characters were carved on clay tiles and had to be placed by hand in reverse order.<br /><br />
  7. 7. Early books<br />Johannes Gutenberg is credited with revolutionizing the printing industry by combining the ideas of moveable, replaceable type, new methods of making paper, oil-based inks, and a mechanized press.<br />Books could be mass-produced.<br /><br />
  8. 8. Early books<br />Gutenberg printed many bibles.<br />Within 10 years, presses were set up all across Europe.<br />Within 50 years, approximately 35,000 editions were printed (McLain).<br />
  9. 9. Early books - Americas<br />The first operable printing press was set up in the New World circa 1533; the first printed book can be traced to missionaries in Mexico.<br />A printing press was set up in Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1638 (Walden Print Co.).<br />
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  11. 11. Today…<br />Many advances have taken place in the printing industry…<br />
  12. 12. … and Today<br />
  13. 13. The Significance<br />Knowledge is power.<br />Knowledge is found in the printed word.<br />One of the first things a new government wants to control is books. <br />Keep the masses in the dark; keep them uneducated.<br />
  14. 14. The Significance?<br />Exercise your democratic right!<br />READ!!!<br />
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