The Birth of Movable Printing Press
By Cameron Cartier
In the article "The Printing Press and Its "Impact" on Literacy" it says "the first mechanized printing press was invented by a German metalworker named Johann Gutenberg in 1452"(paragraph 2).
In paragraph 4 of the article "The Printing Press and Its "Impact on Literacy" it says that "It is estimated that by 1500 there were "fifteen to twenty million copies of 30,000 to 35,000 separate publications". The printing press increased production rates and the availability of books to the general public.
In the map "The Impact of Movable Type Printing Press" it shows us that there was only 1 printing press in Europe and it was located in Germany in 1450. However by 1500 there was over 200 movable type printing presses throughout Europe.
In the map "Geographical Diffusion of Columbus's First Letter" it shows the diffusion of Columbus's letter throughout Europe. The printing press made it easier to make several copies of the letter and more editions. The letter was translated in to various languages.