Why the printing press will kill books

I tell you, sir,” he whispered, “it is the end of the world. Never were known such excesses of the scholars: it is the cursed inventions of the age that ruin everything: artillery, serpentines, bombards, and above all, printing, that other pestilence from Germany. No more manuscripts! No more books! Printing is cutting up the bookselling trade. The end of the world is certainly at hand!”

………………………..~Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame

via Michael Hyatt


About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on February 5, 2011, in Technology and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. There was quite a debate amongst theologians in the sixteenth century about the morality of printing. I think Brian Brock’s recent book on the ethics of technology references some of it.

    • I’ll have to check that out. I don’t think we can just dismiss concern about present technologies just by noting that there were similar concerns about earlier technologies. But, it does help put things in perspective.

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