Printing Press Leads to a Rapid Increase in Production of Books & Print Materials

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Variations in text and typographical errors were eliminated by the utilization of a standardized template for every book that was printed. In relation to the Bible, the printing press also generated a mass production of books and print materials. With the development of this technology, the process became less and less dependent on human labor and resources as it eventually operated on its’ own.

“It made enough sources of information about the past available to all readers so that men came for the first time to see the ancient world as something clearly different from their own. Without printing, the characteristic Renaissance sense of history and sensitivity to anachronism could never have widely established themselves.” (Grafton, p. 267)

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Before the printing press was available, scholars often ran into printing issues. For example, they needed to copy their work manually or pay another individual to copy it for them. Not only was this expensive, but it was also a lot of work. Manually copying a text repeatedly became difficult over time as it made way for typographical errors to arise. There were also times were texts would be printed incorrectly during the printing process due to the lack of clerical authority within a certain shop. However, scholars who wanted a good reputation or who wanted their readings to be better understood, took the time to proofread and edit texts before allowing them to be distributed.

Just like the article mentions above, the printing press eliminated variations in text and typographical errors by utilizing a standardized template for text. With the development of this technology and the mechanical reproduction, scholars depended on less and less resources for the production of their scholarly works. 


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