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Gutenberg's Printing Press
In 1450, the Renaissance and the world was changed forever. Johannes Gutenberg, a German inventor, developed a printing press that could produce many books quickly and cheaply. Printers could produce books one thousand times faster than they were producing before. These books were printed on paper, which was cheaper than what books were originally being printed on, parchment. Essentially, the printing press is a mechanical device for applying pressure to an inked surface resting upon a medium such as paper or cloth, thereby transferring an image. Gutenberg was the first in Western Europe to develop a printing press. This printing press was important to the Renaissance in many ways. Now that books were cheaper and easier to access, middle class began to read, write and discuss which made them happier. Instead of printing books in only Latin, more books including the Bible were printed in many different languages. Also, writers could make more money by selling more books. This gave them the freedom to travel to many cities so they could spread their ideas. Today, we have been able to make many different variations of the printing press using our modern technology. We have been able to create printers, fax machines and many other devices using Gutenberg’s idea. If it was not for Gutenberg creating the printing press during the Renaissance, our culture would not be able to function as smoothly as it does. The printing press idea has made the modern world more advanced. Gutenberg’s printing press was an awesome idea that helped the Renaissance people and our modern world today.
This is a picture of a standard Renaissance printing press
The printing press' creator, Johannes Gutenberg