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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (30 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553819666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553819663
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"The Gutenberg Revolution is the best book about the origin of books you could read. It is clear, engaging, fast-paced and authoritative." (Stephen Fry)

"Extremely erudite and enormously enthusiastic" (Guardian)

"Vivid . . . engaging, detailed and highly readable . . . a window on an extraordinary display of consummate skill and creative genius" (New Scientist)

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'The best book about the origin of books you could read. It is clear, engaging, fast-paced and authoritative' Stephen Fry

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I've read a hell of a lot of John Man's offerings and with each new book something new is brought clearly, concisely and above all in an interesting an informative manner to the reader. With previous books including the story of Genghis Khan and Atilla the Hun it might come as a bit of a surprise when the reader see's that he's tackled the world of printing and its origins on how books became more available for the masses. As a huge reader I'd hate to have lived in a world where books were only for the rich and its mainly due to the Gutenberg Revolution that they became the phenomena that they are today. If you have an interest in printing or just a sheer fascination for popular history then this is the book for you.
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Read this alongside Gutenburg the Geek, and couldn't get out of it - sunburn was the result. Hugely interesting and absorbing.
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this really is a very interesting and absorbing book. It arrived on time and was in very good condition. thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written & engaging story of technical innovation 27 Oct. 2014
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I recently read this book on my Kindle. It is an interesting and engaging account of how Johannes Gutenberg pulled together all sorts of existing technology and improvised and created new methods so he could solve the problem of movable type. The information on the financial aspects of his entrepreneurial activities are relevant today. No one should forget how important Gutenberg's work was and this book offers a lovely and entertaining way to learn about a crucial advance in technology that helped launch other social and religious revolutions in Europe in the late 15th & 16th centuries CE.
5.0 out of 5 stars I used this book as a source for a paper ... 11 April 2017
By Thamar Garza - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book as a source for a paper I was writing about Gutenberg. It was very insightful and helpful for my paper. It was convenient to have it on the Kindle as it allowed me to read it on my phone at any time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 4 April 2013
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I got interested in Gutenberg after reading Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore (also recommended), and found this history of printing and the revolution it created to be fascinating, and well-told.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The more things change, the more they stay the same. 2 Sept. 2012
By MICHAEL DESMOND - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book and I love this new idea of Kindle singles. The book gives a good background to Gutenberg and the invention of the printing press and how he went broke.It makes the links with today's tech revolution, Facebook and Twitter. Note it is not an in depth study but never the less it is a great over view. I loved it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good information 24 Feb. 2012
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This is a scholarly book about what happened when the printing machine came into being. I would not have read this if not for a grad class and I do not think that the average person would like it, I did not. It is written in a very dry style of one scholar to another. The only of real interest to me was about print culture. Man questions if print culture exists and if it does what is it really. I have never heard the term print culture before so that sparked my interest.
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