March 22, 1457

On This Date in! in 1457 the Gutenberg Bible became the first printed book. Booksellers of that time claimed that the printed book was a passing fad and doomed to quickly fade out, as established and accomplished readers preferred a handwritten book penned by a master scribe with hand-drawn illustrations by the top artists of the day. Besides, the booksellers claimed that for a printed book to be profitable, there would need to be literally hundreds and hundreds of people per country who could read and write, and most importantly, who would want to read and write and that was just crazy talk.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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