What was the significance of the printing press?

With the invention of the printing press, the Bible no longer had to be copied by hand.  That itself was a timely process and the final product was expensive due to low supply and high demand.  The printing press was first was created in Asia during the 5th century B.C.  In 1450, Johannes Gutenberg made improvements to increase the printing speed.  Mechanical printing allowed for better accuracy during the printing process, and copies could be made faster, thus allowing more people to obtain the Bible at a lower price.

Gutenberg’s printing press