Where would publishing be without the printing press? In this book, the author skillfully presents how this revolutionary invention changed the printing process and life for everyone. From the ancient Sumerian art of printing to offset printing to e-books, this book takes a comprehensive look at an age-old technology that has changed dramatically, but at the same time has kept its most important element: the ability to pass ideas on through the printed word.<br />Series Information: The Inventions That Shaped the World series introduces young readers to revolutionary inventions, and emphasizes the impact the inventions had upon life at the time of their creation and beyond. Also explored is the featured invention”s cultural significance, as well as the patterns of change that resulted from its origination. Chapters cover topics such as life before the invention, the need for the invention, its development, its influence upon culture, its evolution, and a biography on the inventor.