Through the thorough reading and examination of this excerpt from D.S.L. Cardwell’s “Turning Points in Western Technology: A Study of Technology, Science and History,” it can be seen how the printing press really ‘turned the page’ for the book publishing industry and sparked ideas for other groundbreaking inventions.
It must be noted that two other commonly overlooked inventions needed to come first. These are paper and ink. Without these, there would be nothing to print on or print with. Many historians credit Johann Gutenberg with the invention of the printing press and it appears o have been invented in the 1390s.