CBSE - X - Social Studies
How did access to books created a new culture of reading ?
A new reading public emerged as a result of printing revolution in Europe. They read the sacred texts, ballads and the folk tales.
Many books were also published with beautiful pictures and illiterate people could now understand the folk tales with the help of the pictures.
Access to books created a new culture of reading. Books introduced a new world of debate and discussions. Those people who disagreed with the church and the Pope could now express their ideas in the book and forced the people to think on rational lines.
Many conservatives however did not welcome so many printed books into the markets. According to them, this could spread rebellious ideas among the people. This proved true when Martin Luther King criticised the corrupt practices of the Roman Catholic Church and pasted his ideas on the door of the Church. His writings were published in many books. Printing press thus led to the beginning of the intellectual atmosphere and new ideas which later paved the way to Reformation.
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