Guest Post: 4 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Books

Want to know more facts about what goes into books and the production? Look no further as we’ve got a great list of interesting facts that you probably never heard about.

Here are 4 interesting facts you didn’t know about books.

The Invention of Printing is Uncertain

While the invention of printing is granted as the main role of books and modern society, the origin is hardly certain. It is widely believed that it was Johann Gutenberg, a goldsmith from Mainz, Germany. However, there is nearly little to no evidence that shows he is the inventor. No book was ever shown to hold his name. In fact, printing was made possible through various procedures.

Faust was Considered as a Potential Candidate of the First-Ever Print

It was said that the inventor of printing was Faust, the legendary sorcerer who was said to have sold his soul to Mephistopheles. The confusion stemmed from the names of Gutenberg’s financier named Fust, whose name is Latin was Faustus. This connected the printing press story to reappear in countless forms.

A Notorious Misprint Launched the Oxford University Press

In 1631, it was believed that a notorious typo was committed by the official bible printer of the King of England. It was made of the 7th commandment of missing the word “not” that lead to “Thou shalt commit adultery.” This became a so-called “wicked” bible as forced the printer to pay a large fine for the mistake. As a result, the archbishop compelled the printer to publish the bible in the texts of ancient Greek.

Raunchy Books were the Most Profitable in the 18th Century

It was noted that obscene books were the most profitable books to sell. In fact, those so-called philosophical books are what fueled the Enlightenment to include the words of Voltaire and Rousseau. While they were once considered as philosophical, they would be considered as written porn in today’s society.

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