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A Closer Look At The Printing Press History - Articles Surfing
Are you a reader enthusiast? Well if you do for sure you have a better gratitude for the printing press services. The benefits it gives us made us luckier that we can now preserve and duplicate our books and other papers alike without using the conventional means of printing. But thanks a lot to this process for transformation in printing world had come to its fullest development.
Before anything else, did you know where printing press first originates? And how does it help the people? To further understand the essence of printing press lets have a closer look at its history.
Basically, printing is the process of making multiple copies of a document by the use of movable characters or letters. This process was actually developed independently in China and Europe. Before the invention of printing, multiple copies of a manuscript had to be made by hand, a laborious task that could take many years. Printing made it possible to produce more copies in a few weeks than formerly could have been produced in a lifetime by hand. Invented by Johann Gutenberg in c1450, the printing press made the mass publication and circulation of literature possible. Derived from the presses farmers used to make olive oil, the first printing press used a heavy screw to force a printing block against the paper below.
The operator worked a lever to increase and decrease the pressure of the block against the paper. The invention of the printing press, in turn, set off a social revolution that is still in progress. The German printing pioneer Johannes Gutenberg solved the problem of molding movable type. Once developed, printing spread rapidly and began to replace hand-printed texts for a wider audience.
Thus, intellectual life soon was no longer the exclusive domain of church and court, and literacy became a necessity of urban existence. The printing press strengthens intellectual fires at the end of the Middle Ages, helping usher in an era of enlightenment. This great cultural rebirth was inspired by widespread access to and appreciation for classical art and literature, and these translated into a renewed passion for artistic expression. Without the development of the printing press, the Renaissance may never have happened. Without inexpensive printing to make books available to a large portion of society, the son of John Shakespeare, a minor government official in rural England in the mid-1500s, may never have been inspired to write what are now recognized as some of history's greatest plays. What civilization gained from Gutenberg's invention is incalculable.
Now we have come to the latest development of printing press. Luckily out from manual process to the latest procedure printing press is still catering for the purpose of his creation*to give satisfaction to the general people by providing a wider information opportunities through the means of newspapers, literary pieces books and a lot more.
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