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Why was the Gutenberg printing press important?

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The Gutenberg printing press is important due to the impact it had on society. The printing press revolutionized how books would be produced. Instead of writing whole books out by hand, which would be costly and take significant time, books could now be printed quickly and cheaply. This allowed for the price of books, which had previously been expensive, to decline. With the decline in the price of books, their availability to the people increased.

With increased availability of books and a decline in their cost, reading became more common. Ideas, which often spread slowly prior to the printing press, could be shared much more quickly. A pamphlet, for example, could be mass produced with the printing press and then distributed. This is evident when looking at the Protestant Reformation, in which the ideas of Martin Luther were able to spread quickly and across much of Europe. It also likely played a role in the spreading of the ideas of the Enlightenment, which ultimately helped to give...

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