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Fine Print: A Story about Johann Gutenberg

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Fine Print: A Story about Johann Gutenberg

by Joann J. Burch


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Although he is credited with changing history through his invention of printing, Johann Gutenberg remains mysterious. In Fine Print, author Joann Johansen Burch pieces together Gutenberg's amazing story. When Johann was a child in the early 1400s, books were rare and sometimes very expensive. Each book had to be copied by hand, letter by letter. Gutenberg loved to read, and he often grew impatient waiting for the time-consuming bookmaking process to be completed. Young Gutenberg dreamed of finding a better way to make books. From his childhood in strife-torn Mainz through the many years of setbacks and bankruptcies, Gutenberg persevered in his belief that books could be made quickly and inexpensively. This is the story of the man who invented movable type and the printing press and gave the world the gift of books.


Before Johann Gutenberg perfected movable type, the printing press, and oil-based ink, manuscripts-illuminated or otherwise- were acquired only by those who could afford the one-of-a-kind works of art. Gutenberg made possible a book's quick and inexpensive mass production. From what little is known about the inventor, Joann Johansen Burch has written Fine Print to introduce children to the 15th century man whose ingenuity eventually made books a part of almost everyone's daily life. Her account of the printer and the people and circumstances that influenced him is a good read. Size 0.26" H x 8.5" L x 5.87" W, 64 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780876145654
Author Joann J. Burch
Age Group 9-13
Book Type paperback

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