Primary Sources "The Book before Gutenberg." Harry Ransom Center. University of Texas at Austin. Web. 21 Dec. 2011.
This source gives the ability to look back at books produced by Gutenberg, books before Gutenberg, and study the great change between the two. It shows the uniformity of the type on the printing press, how that is much easier to read than the varying copies made by scribes, and how this new uniformity led to easier readability. This source also highlights the change from Latin to vernacular in writing and printing.
The Gutenberg Bible. Photograph. The Appearance of the Bible. Harry Ransom Center. Web. 23 Feb. 2012.
The source is of a scanned page of the Gutenberg Bible. It highlights the involvement of scribes along with movable type and provides a glance at Gutenberg’s first work and how the movable type printer worked.
“The Birth of Print Culture: The Invention of the Printing Press in Western Europe.” Science and Its Times. Ed. Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer. Vol. 3. Detroit: Gale, 2001. Gale World History In Context. Web. 3. Jan. 2012.
This source details the invention and spread of the printing press in western Europe. It discusses its relatively slow start to its booming mass production. It shows how the printing press changed and alter Europe, how it was a necessity after only a little while, and how it affected people throughout the continent.
This source provided a picture of how the printing press spread throughout Europe throughout the years, from the time it was invented to the beginning of the sixteenth century. It is a great illustration of the rapid adoption of the printing press.
This source provided an analysis of how the printing press spread throughout Europe, its affect on European culture, and how it changed society forever. The author also pulls a quote from the time of the invention by Werner Rolewinck.
Used on the home page of the website, this picture depicts a cartoonish drawing of the movable type printing press. While not being realistic, this picture opens up the project to “the amazing printing press” and shows the view the project will take on the invention.
This source details the two ways of recording information: the old “block-print” style and Gutenberg’s “moveable-press” style. The author also details the impact of Gutenberg’s work, saying “printing stimulated the literacy of lay people and eventually came to have a deep and lasting impact on their private lives” and attributing it for the rapid development in the sciences, arts and religion through the spread of texts.
This photograph is used as a banner to show the diverseness of movable type, the complexity of the invention, but also its simplicity. Used as a banner, this picture highlights the focus of the project and keeps that focus in mind throughout the website.
Needham, Paul. "Gutenberg, Johannes (Johannes Gensfleisch Zur Laden; C. 1400–1468)." Europe, 1450 to 1789: Encyclopedia of the Early Modern World. Ed. Jonathan Dewald. Vol. 3. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2004. 105-107. Gale World History In Context. Web. 16 Dec. 2011.
This source highlights Gutenberg’s life, how he came to invent the printing press, and how this invention changed his--and the world’s--life forever. It also details a few of the many advantages of the printing press, the speed, the dramatically reduce cost of production, and uniformity.
“The Printing Press: A Development That Transformed the World.” Calliope May-June 2011: 6+. General Reference Center GOLD. Web. 3. Jan. 2012.
As well as explaining how scribes worked to create books before the printing press, this source also details the many facets of culture that the printing press evolved and expanded. It explains how it changed society forever, from the invention of faster press and the printer of today.
This source highlights the key change in longevity of books, information and records after Gutenberg’s invention. Before, documents were recorded with less permanence— the methods used, copying and rewriting, did not hold up to time. However, with the printing press, documents printed from the 1500s are readable today and will be for quite some time.