Early 20th century printing was completely a different process all together from today’s digital printing. But it’s not just a different process, it’s also a whole lot more complicated. Let’s take a look at how we got here. In 1906, the first machine that could print books faster than they could be written by hand was first invented by none other than Ottmar Mergenthaler. The Linotype machine revolutionized book publishing because it allowed printing to become an assembly line process According to the predictions of various print media experts, the publishing industry is likely to undergo a paradigm shift that will see digital book sales overtake printed versions. This may come as a shock for some people, but it’s not hard to believe when you consider how much we rely on technology in our daily lives. Books are no longer just books; they have now become tools that connect us with information and educate us in ways we never thought possible. In the past, when people needed to share information, they sat down and wrote a book. This process was time-consuming, but it was an effective way of sharing knowledge with others. Today, we have access to technology that has made printing easier and more accessible than ever before. And this has led to even more innovation in how we print books. In the 20th century, the printing industry was dominated by the "hot metal" process. In this system, metal type would be placed into a composing stick and then transferred onto paper to create a page of text. The paper was passed through rollers to transfer the ink from a plate onto it. A separate form of print used plates that had been engraved with designs or characters instead of using individual pieces of metal type. The invention of the Gutenberg press in 1440 changed the world, allowing books to be printed faster and more efficiently than ever before. The printing press led to a drastic change in how we acquire knowledge, but what are some of the other changes that have occurred throughout history? And why is it important to recognize this evolution? In the 20th century, writing and printing relied on pen, paper and hand-set type. In the 21st century, computers are used to create all printed material – from newspapers to books.