Johannes Gutenberg: The Printer Who Gave Words to the World


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About the Author:
Stephen Feinstein is a writer of educational materials, specializing in social studies, science, and language arts

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School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

This introductory biography begins with a history of printing in the ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Chinese civilizations, moves on to the Middle Ages when volumes were handwritten by scribes, and finishes with the Renaissance, which saw an increased demand for books. Gutenberg enters this history in 1400s Germany, when he developed movable metal type and a large printing press that greatly increased book production. Though many details of the man's life are unknown, the book offers some interesting tidbits-for example, his most famous works, the eponymous Bibles, were manufactured by another printer as the result of a lawsuit, and Gutenberg never saw any profit from their sale. These descriptions of lawsuits and political intrigues confuse the narrative at times, though they help illuminate Renaissance life. The many illustrations, photographs, and Web page screen captures can make the pages look cluttered. This title's real strength is its listing of numerous Web sites that are kept current on the publisher's site. Back matter also includes hands-on printing experiments.-Kristen Oravec, Flint Hill Middle School, Oakton, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598450774
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: Inventors Who Changed the World Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.83 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

About Books     4
Important Dates     6
Spreading the Word     8
Johannes Gutenberg: The Early Years     30
Gutenberg in Strasbourg     48
Working Toward the Big Breakthrough     66
Europe's First Book Printed With Movable Type     78
How Gutenberg's Movable Type Changed the World     96
Printing Experiments     114
Report Links     118
Glossary     120
Chapter Notes     122
Further Reading     125
Index     126
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