1. What was print revolution? 
2. If earlier there was a hearing public, now reading public came into being. Explain.

Asked by mkvinvestments6 | 8th Jul, 2015, 06:35: PM

Expert Answer:

Although the invention of the printing press by Johann Gutenberg did not stop the production of handwritten books, it did bring about a pradaigm shift in the production process and the reading patterns. Between 1450 and 1550, the printing press spread to almost all countries of Europe. Printers from Germany even migrated to other parts of the continent, seeking work and setting up presses. As the number of printing presses increased, book production skyrocketed, flooding the market with books. This transition from hand printing to mechanical printing is referred to as 'print revolution'.

With the emrgence of the printing press, a new kind of reading public emerged. Earlier, reading had been restricted to the elites. The common folk lived in an 'oral culture' wherein stories and knowledge was heard collectively, in public performances. Books had very limited availability due to their price and small supply. But the invention and spread of the printing press pushed the common populace towards reading.

Answered by Soumil Shukla | 9th Jul, 2015, 03:37: PM

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