Johannes Gutenberg: Inventor of the Printing Press


A biography profiling the life of Johannes Gutenberg, a man from the Renaissance era who is best known for developing the printing press along with the printing of a bible. Includes source notes and timeline.
Read More Show Less
... See more details below
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (9) from $20.78   
  • New (4) from $20.89   
  • Used (5) from $20.78   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...


A biography profiling the life of Johannes Gutenberg, a man from the Renaissance era who is best known for developing the printing press along with the printing of a bible. Includes source notes and timeline.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Part of an eight-volume set, this series of titles provide basic information on significant figures from the Renaissance era. Johannes Gutenberg was born into an ordinary life as the son of a patrician in Mainz, Germany. Gutenberg's training as a metallurgist prepared him for his later work as inventor of the printing press. Readers will learn that more was involved than just the press, and that it took many experiments to come up with a type of paper and ink that would work with the press. These were tumultuous times in Europe, and while Gutenberg is recognized as the inventor of the printing press, he was unable to profit from it and was forced to turn his press over to his financial partners who then built a successful business. Upper elementary, middle, and high school students will find these attractive and easy-to-read volumes quite useful for reports. There are pictures, quotes, primary source documents, maps, or sidebars containing relevant facts on nearly every page as well as a glossary and a time line with both world events and events from the subject's life. The "Life at a Glance" page provides just the barest facts, and the print resources listed on the "Additional Resources" page should provide more in-depth information. Using the FactHound Web site for more information by typing in the ID number for this book for Gutenberg provided only a mere paragraph of basic information. Historic sites are also listed here. Other books in the series profile Christopher Columbus, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo, Michelangelo, Francisco Pizarro, and William Shakespeare. These books provide an excellent overview of key historic figures from the Renaissance. (Signature Lives: Renaissance Era).VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Compass Point Books, 112p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Maps. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Chronology., PLB . Ages 11 to 18.
—Lois Parker-Hennion
Children's Literature
This nine chapter biography on Johannes Gutenberg recalls his invention of the printing press and his invaluable contribution to the Renaissance. Though somewhat unorganized, as the author tends to jump back and forth repeating parts of Gutenberg's life, the text flows well and vocabulary words are explained. When it comes to the many blank spots of Gutenberg's life, they are filled with realistic speculations. There could be more attention given to the invention, and clearer illustrations. There is a glossary and time line in the back to serve the reader. If you are willing to forgive the repetitiveness, you will find this an informative and enlightening quick read. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 9 up.
—Tracy Riddle
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756509897
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Healthy Eating with MyPyramid Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,371,006
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)