The Movable Type Printing Press

By Morgan Phelix

In paragraph 5 of "The Printing Press and Its 'Impact' on Literacy" the text states "Further, some scholars claim that the invention of the printing press has been a significant force in transforming an oral medieval culture to a literate one or one which focuses more on silent and private reading". So as stated in the quote, the scholar believes that the Printing Press had enough driving force to change the structure of a whole society. From playing telephone with information to being documented and creditable.
In the map labeled " The Diffusion of Columbus's Letter through Europe" it allows the reader to see the efficiency of the printing press due to the diffusion of Columbus`s Letter Further more the Letter had a total of 17 different editions! This was most likely due to the success and efficiency of the printing press.
In the Map titled "The Impact of Movable Type Printing Press" in the 1450, when the press was first invented only one existed in Europe. But as shown in the picture captioned " Cities with Printing in 1500" there are over 200 printing presses scattered across the continent in just as little time as 50 years.
In the summary titled " The diffusion of the Movable Type Printing Press" the text states " An infinite number of woks which very few students could have consulted in Paris, or Athens or libraries of other great university towns, are now translated into all languages and scattered abroad among all the nations of the world"
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