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Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate Collection

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Gutenberg books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. The Gutenberg Revolution: How Printing Changed the Course of History (2009)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn 1450, all Europe’s books were handcopied and amounted to only a few thousand. By 1500, they were printed and numbered in their millions. The invention of Johann Gutenberg had caused a revolution: printing by movable type. Born in 1400 in Mainz, Germany, Gutenberg struggled against a background of plague and religious upheaval to bring his remarkable invention to light. His story is full of paradoxes: his ambition was to reunite all Christendom, but his invention shattered it; he aimed to make a fortune, but was cruelly denied the fruits of his life’s work. Yet history…
Author(s): John Man

2. Johann Gutenberg and the Printing Press (Inventions and Discovery) (2006)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionTells the story of Johann Gutenberg and the invention of the printing press. Written in graphic-novel format….
Author(s): Kay Melchisedech Olson, Tod G. Smith

3. Fine Print: A Story about Johann Gutenberg (Creative Minds Biographies) (1991)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionAlthough he is credited with changing history through his invention of printing, Johann Gutenberg remains mysterious. In Fine Print, author Joann Johansen Burch pieces together Gutenberg’s amazing story. When Johann was a child in the early 1400s, books were rare and sometimes very expensive. Each book had to be copied by hand, letter by letter. Gutenberg loved to read, and he often grew impatient waiting for the time-consuming bookmaking process to be completed. Young Gutenberg dreamed of finding a better way to make books. From his childhood in strife-torn…
Author(s): Joann Johansen Burch, Kent Alan Aldrich

4. The Gutenberg Galaxy (2011)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe Gutenberg Galaxy catapulted Marshall McLuhan to fame as a media theorist and, in time, a new media prognosticator. Fifty years after its initial publication, this landmark text is more significant than ever before. Readers will be amazed by McLuhan’s prescience, unmatched by anyone since, predicting as he did the dramatic technological innovations that have fundamentally changed how we communicate. The Gutenberg Galaxy foresaw the networked, compressed ‘global village’ that would emerge in the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries — despite having been written when black-and-white television was ubiquitous….
Author(s): Marshall McLuhan

5. Revolutions in Communication: Media History from Gutenberg to the Digital Age (2015)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionRevolutions in Communication offers a new approach to media history, presenting an encyclopedic look at the way technological change has linked social and ideological communities. Using key figures in history to benchmark the chronology of technical innovation, Kovarik’s exhaustive scholarship narrates the story of revolutions in printing, electronic communication and digital information, while drawing parallels between the past and present. Updated to reflect new research that has surfaced these past few years, Revolutions in Communication…
Author(s): Bill Kovarik

6. Gutenberg’s Apprentice (2015)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionYouthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, the wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corrupt, feud-plagued Mainz to meet “a most amazing man.”Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary―and to some, blasphemous―method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a printing press. Fust is financing Gutenberg’s workshop, and he orders Peter to become Gutenberg’s apprentice. Resentful at having to abandon a prestigious career as a scribe,…
Author(s): Alix Christie

7. From Gutenberg to OpenType: An Illustrated History of Type from the Earliest Letterforms to the Latest Digital Fonts (2006)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis lively account of the printed word draws together the histories of typography and printing into one robustly illustrated volume, and describes how dramatic changes in technology have affected type design. Historical paintings, engravings, and photographs give a visual context to the different eras of type design and print, and key typefaces from each historical era are discussed and compared to others of the era. The original use of each typeface is pictured alongside contemporary examples, providing a broad sense of the character of each face. Sidebars explain how to use individual typefaces, warn of pitfalls, and…
Author(s): Robin Dodd

8. The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age (2006)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn our zeal to embrace the wonders of the electronic age, are we sacrificing our literary culture? Renowned critic Sven Birkerts believes the answer is an alarming yes. In The Gutenberg Elegies, he explores the impact of technology on the experience of reading. Drawing on his own passionate, lifelong love of books, Birkerts examines how literature intimately shapes and nourishes the inner life. What does it mean to “hear” a book on audiotape or decipher its words in electronic form on a laptop screen? Can the world created by Henry James exist in an era defined by the work of Bill Gates? Are books as we know them―volumes printed in…
Author(s): Sven Birkerts

9. If You Love Reading, Thank Johannes Gutenberg! Biography 3rd Grade | Children’s Biography Books (2017)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionJohannes Gutenberg introduced printing to Europe. If it weren’t for him, you wouldn’t be able to read books at the comfort of your home. But how did Johannes Gutenberg come up with the idea of printing? What were the circumstances that led to such a discovery? Read up on the life and works of Johannes Gutenberg. Grab a copy today!…
Author(s): BaProfessor

10. A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet (2010)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionWritten by two leading social and cultural historians, the first two editions of A Social History of the Media became classic textbooks, providing a masterful overview of communication media and of the social and cultural contexts within which they emerged and evolved over time. This third edition has been thoroughly revised to bring the text up to date with the very latest developments in the field. Increased space is given to the exciting media developments of the early 21st Century, including in particular the rise of social and participatory media and the globalization of media. Additionally, new and important…
Author(s): Asa Briggs, Peter Burke

11. Step by Step WordPress Gutenberg Development: For Beginners (2019)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionWordPress CMS (Content Management System) has been used by more than 60 million websites which is about 33% of top 10 million websites till May 2019. A majority of users of WordPress is frequently engaged with content managing in programmatically active to achieve desired web layout and functionalities. In late 2018 WordPress has released a major update from version 4 to version 5 and introduced Gutenberg editor which replaced Classic editor. Classic editor has been part of WordPress CMS for longer period of time and WordPress will keep support open till December 2021 for Classic editor. It is time to switch from Classic editor to…
Author(s): Kushal Mehta, Sagar Prajapati

12. Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age (2015)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn 1994, Sven Birkerts published The Gutenberg Elegies, his celebrated rallying cry to resist the oncoming digital advances, especially those that might affect the way we read literature and experience art―the very cultural activities that make us human. After two decades of rampant change, Birkerts has allowed a degree of everyday digital technology into his life. He refuses to use a smartphone, but communicates via e-mail and spends some time reading online. In Changing the Subject, he examines the changes that he observes in himself and others―the distraction when reading on the screen; the loss of personal agency through reliance…
Author(s): Sven Birkerts

13. Who in the World Was The Secretive Printer?: The Story of Johannes Gutenberg (2005)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionDiscover the intriguing story of Johannes Gutenberg in this junior-level biography from Peace Hill Press. Johannes Gutenberg spent his days shut away, working on a mysterious project. His neighbors wondered what he was doing in his metal shop. Why did he need so much money? Was he making expensive gold jewelry? Weapons? Armor? What project could possibly take up so many hours of Johannes’s time? And how did his invention change the world?  Outstanding illustrations from Jed Mickle complement the fabulous story, giving second-grade readers insight into the life of this influential figure.About the…
Author(s): Robert Beckham, Jed Mickle

14. Social History of Knowledge: From Gutenberg to Diderot (2000)

 Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn this book Peter Burke adopts a socio-cultural approach to examine the changes in the organization of knowledge in Europe from the invention of printing to the publication of the French Encyclopédie. The book opens with an assessment of different sociologies of knowledge from Mannheim to Foucault and beyond, and goes on to discuss intellectuals as a social group and the social institutions (especially universities and academies) which encouraged or discouraged intellectual innovation. Then, in a series of separate chapters, Burke explores the geography,…
Author(s): Peter Burke

Best Gutenberg Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some gutenberg books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Grace abounding to the chief of sinners

Author(s): John Bunyan
ID: 877945, Publisher: Project Gutenberg , Year: [199-?], Size: 102 Kb, Format: epub

The life of John Bunyan

Author(s): Edmund Venables
ID: 878909, Publisher: Project Gutenberg , Year: [199-?], Size: 142 Kb, Format: epub

From Gutenberg to Google: the history of our future

Author(s): Wheeler, Thomas F
ID: 2747272, Publisher: Brookings Institution Press, Year: 2019;2019, Size: 1 Mb, Format: azw3

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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