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>>...Johannes Gutenberg is credited as the inventor of the printing press. But a version of it existed in China about 150 years before...<<

Nobody, including Gutenberg, ever said he invented the printing press. Block printing was widely available, even in Europe, for decades before Gutenberg switched from goldsmith to printer. What Gutenberg invented was a more reliable press, based on the wine/olive press, and movable type, which allowed for far more rapid document creation than either manuscripts or printing blocks. The Chinese experimented with movable type but gave up, since the several hundred characters of the Chinese alphabet (unlike the 26 characters of the Roman alphabet) made it impractical.

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