The Impact of the Printing Press

David Laughing

The Printing Press

According to the article The Printing Press and Its "Impact" on Literacy "The first mechanized printing press was invented by a German metalworker named Johann Gutenberg in 1452." Gutenberg had made the printing press in Mainz, Germany.

The Printing Press 50 years later

According to the maps titled The Impact Of Moveable Type Printing Press (F) The printing press had spread throughout all of Europe over 50 years. In 1500 each country in Europe had multiple printing presses.
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Columbus's First Letter

In the summary The Diffusion of Columbus's Letter through Europe. 1493-1497 it stated "No less than eleven editions were published in 1493!" the summary also states "Six more editions were published in 1494." All together there was 17 editions of Columbus's letter and none of it would have been possible without the printing press.

The Printing Press Changed Literacy

In the article The Printing Press and Its "Impact" on Literacy it states "However, with the invention f the printing press creating nearly identical books of quality at an economical price, books were now more affordable and available to the general public" This shows that the printing press changed literacy because now that books were more affordable most people could buy them which means more people learned how to read.