Did you know… The initial print run of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” broke a printing industry record? As a pop-culture phenomenon, all of the books in the “Harry Potter” series had initial print runs in the millions. But, “Deathly Hallows” greatly outnumbered the others, with 12 million copies in its first run, making it the largest initial print run ever recorded.
Did you know… Typefaces/fonts were originally created by hand and often named after the printer who created them? A great example is French printer Claude Garamonde; his font is still in use today.
Did you know… Einstein praised the printing press, noting it was an important agent in the transformation of learning and the rise of modern scientific thought? Einstein believed the printing press transformed the educational process and the student/teacher relationship, as well as the research process. Technical textbooks became silent teachers, easily available to students.
Did you know… The invention of the printing press was instrumental in the “Scientific Revolution?” As printing presses began popping up in towns across Europe, more secular books were printed, especially those relating to science. Scientists working on the same/similar issues could now record, print and, ultimately, share it with other scientists in faraway places.
Did you know…. King Henry VIII spearheaded the printing movement in England? The infamous monarch granted a royal charter to fund the development of Cambridge University Press in 1534. As the world’s oldest printing operation, Cambridge has been operating nearly non-stop since 1584, when the first “CU Press” title rolled off its presses. Today, the printer publishes more than 2,000 titles a year that are distributed to 200-plus countries.
Did you know…. Business cards began in the 17th century in Europe, where they were used to announce the impending arrival of prosperous or aristocratic people to their local town or even their home. They were shaped and sized in a similar way to a playing card and became a staple of the elite by the middle of the century’s Cards.