If a book was published 600 years ago, it would have been copied out by hand by a scribe in a monastery and probably would have taken months to produce. But thanks to Johann Gutenberg in the fifteenth century, modern printing was born and nowadays it can take only a few seconds to print a book. Gutenberg invented the printing press as well as a new type of ink and a new way to cast type.
Learn the incredible story of Johann Gutenberg and the history of early printing and publishing.
About the Author
Bruce Koscielniak is the author and illustrator of several books for children; he is also a musician who has played the violin and jazz guitar for many years. He lives in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A delightful little children's book about Johann Guttenberg and the invention of the printing press. The book is written, designed and illustrated by the author Bruce Koscielniak, and he is careful to point out the previous efforts made by other cultures to mass produce the written word. China, Korea and early European monastic efforts are highlighted with simple explanatory language and diagrams. An enjoyable quick read, even for adults who delight in the history of the book.
I love books about books, and the history of books and printing, so when I saw this at the local Half Price Books clearance shelf for a buck I had to grab it. It is a children's book but still full of wonderful details on the history of the printing press and how books came to be made. The watercolor pictures are also pretty good.