Importance and History of the Printing Press


Sharon McCutcheon

Books made possible by the printing press

Kenneth Lee, Contributor

Over the course of time, there have been numerous inventions that have changed humanity. One of the greatest of these inventions is the printing press. The printing press is a machine by which text and images are transferred from movable type to paper or other media by means of ink. According to History, “It was created in China and further improved in Europe.
“Bi Sheng created movable type, which replaced panels of printing blocks with moveable individual letters that could be reused. Later, Wang Chen created a revolving table for typesetters to organize with more efficiency with woodtype. In 1450, Johannes Gutenberg created a printing machine ready to use for The Gutenberg press in Europe. After this, printing started to spread and its impact would become much more prominent.”
The creation of the printing press would change the world. History states that because of the printing press, “A global news network was launched. It became normal for people to check the news everyday. The press also increased the sharing of knowledge by making the process much faster than by hand. Due to this, books became much cheaper and many more people were able to be educated. Science also greatly benefited from the press. It allowed information to be spread widely, and science was able to take leaps and bounds. Revolutions were also more incentivized as a result of this invention. Books by famous philosophers made people question things that they never questioned and think more for themselves.”
There is no doubt that the printing press has been one of the most influential inventions to humanity. With the spread of knowledge that became commonplace, civilization quickly grew and improved. We have much to owe to the great inventors who helped invent the printing press, and other inventions that have also changed the world. Without these inventions, society would surely not be thriving as much as it is today.