Printing Press :- A Great and Important Invention

Printing press :-  The printing press is so important because it made the mass production of printed materials possible. Without a printing press, libraries probably wouldn’t exist from lack of book production. It made books a lot cheaper so that an average person could have acess to information. 

History of Printing Press :- 

Printing was actually invented by the Chinese, not Johannes Gutenberg.


The truth is that Gutenberg invented the printing press but he did not  invent printing. Over 500 years before Gutenberg was able to mass produce books with his revolutionary machine, Chinese monks were using wooden blocks dipped in ink and pressing them on parchment to create text.

  1. World’s Smallest Printed Book: A 22 page Japanese book containing pictures of the flowers of the four seasons holds a Guinness World Book of Records entry. This is  the world’s smallest printed book, 0.74 x 0.75 mm (0.0291 x 0.0295 in).
  2. Fastest Printed Postage Stamp: It took less than one hour to print a postage stamp in Schaan, Liechtenstein, and that included the time it took to vote on the stamp’s design. The stamp was printed as part of a commemorative event of the 100th anniversary of the country’s first ever stamp.
  3. Highest Initial Print Run For a Fiction Book: When J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books were published, they became more than just fiction–the franchise’s influence stretched beyond the literary realm and quickly became a pop-culture phenomenon. Its popularity is also evidenced by the number of print copies for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The book had an initial print run of 12 million copies, making it the largest initial print run ever.
  4. Largest Printed Catalogue The Largest printed Catalogue was Aviall Product and Catalog Book’ on January 3, 2005. It has 2,656 pages, weighs 7.4 lb (3.4 kg) and is 7.1 cm (2.8 in) thick.
  5. Oldest Printing Publishing House:   Cambridge University Press, the oldest printing and publishing house, has been around since 1537–it was started with the money Iffrom a royal charter granted by the infamous Henry VIII in 1534. It’s been operating non-stop since the first Press book was printed in 1584, publishing over 2,000 books and 150 journals a year across 200 countries around the globe.
  6. Oldest Mechanically Printed Book: The first mechanically printed book is arguably, but generally accepted to be, the Gutenberg Bible, printed in Mainz, Germany around the year 1455 by Johann Henne zum Gensfleisch zur Laden.
  7. Fastest time to print 500 sheets by an office colour desktop printer.  However, seeing the above fact in a printer’s specs might help to speed up your decision. The Hewlett-Packard Officejet Pro X551dw Printer was pitted against five other printers in the same model class across several manufacturers, to determine which one could print 500 pages the fastest. The HP Officejet Pro X Series printed 500 color sheets in a record seven minutes and 18 seconds.
  8. World’s most waste:  Printers don’t just create information that helps us in our everyday lives; they create environmental waste as well. For example, did you know if the world’s discarded printer cartridges were stacked end-to-end in one year’s time, they would circle the earth over three times?.
  9. Expensive Ink: The retail cost of black printer ink is one of the most expensive liquids on the planet, far exceeding oil and even space shuttle fuel (on a per gallon basis). It costs over $2,700 per gallon!


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