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Book printing of the future

 

When Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable type printing press in the 15th century, he revolutionized access to information and education.

 

 

Before this invention, only a limited number of copies of books, written by hand or manufactured by the wood print method, could be produced due to the time involved. Therefore books were somewhat rare, making them unaffordable to the majority of the population.

 

Thanks to Gutenberg`s innovative technique, for the first time copies could be produced faster, cheaper and in substantially higher quantities. In addition the amount of people who could afford books steadily grew. This did not only stimulate the exchange of information among scientific elites, but also stimulated the alphabetization and education of the population at large.

The book – which was the essential medium of storing information - was no longer exclusive.

 

The democratization of education and knowledge, that was aided with the invention from Gutenberg, spread ever wider in the following centuries. The introduction of compulsory school attendance, open access to universities for women and the establishment of optimized printing technologies set also milestones in that development. The invention of the high speed printing machine, the mechanized paper manufacture, the extension of the distribution channels and the increase in information transmission increased the number of copies so drastically that print products were now affordable to people even with low income. The book had finally evolved from a luxury item into a cultural asset for the general public.

 

Today the print to order technology is one further step to a democratic, knowledge-based society.

Since this effective, low-cost method enables us to offer a free of charge publishing to unknown authors worldwide, numerous outstanding works can be published, that otherwise could not be found on the book shelves.

Furthermore as one of a few book publishers Omniscriptum consequently supports the idea of open-content, in other words the open access to scientific knowledge. Although our authors give their exclusive rights of publishing of their work to us -

they retain the right to release excerpts of the content (published by us) in trade journals and offer the complete manuscript of their work for non commercial download on the internet.