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Printer's Error

By: Rebecca Romney,J. P. Romney
Narrated by: J.P. Romney
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Publisher's Summary

Since the Gutenberg Bible first went on sale in 1455, printing has been viewed as one of the highest achievements of human innovation. But the march of progress hasn't been smooth; downright bizarre is more like it. Printer's Error chronicles some of the strangest and most humorous episodes in the history of Western printing. Take, for example, the Gutenberg Bible. While the book is regarded as the first printed work in the Western world, Gutenberg's name doesn't appear anywhere on it.

Today, Johannes Gutenberg is recognized as the father of Western printing. But for the first few hundred years after the invention of the printing press, no one knew who printed the first book. This long-standing mystery took researchers down a labyrinth of ancient archives and libraries, and unearthed surprising details, such as the fact that Gutenberg's financier sued him, repossessed his printing equipment, and started his own printing business afterward.

Like the works of Sarah Vowell, John Hodgman, and Ken Jennings, Printer's Error is a rollicking ride through the annals of time and the printed word.

©2017 J. P. Romney and Rebecca Romney (P)2017 Tantor

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"A spritely visit to the land of rare books." ( Kirkus)

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Porn for Ye Old Bibliophiles

Steeped in lore and mischievous storytelling, I found myself laughing and thoroughly engaged.

Kudos to J.P. Romney for pulling off a great performance.

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okay

For some reason I thought this would be more specific than it was, but the stories told were good. Very funny with thrown in asides or things that would make you laugh. Very dry content but it was ok over all. I don't plan on reading/listening again.

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I love this one

This book was interesting from the 1st page. The authors weave A series of interesting facts and stories into a Eloquence although irreverent story books printing and most Importantly People.

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Entertainment and educational

Learned a lot, was very interesting and entertaining. Actually delving into some of the topics even further.

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Very approachabe and fun for an unusual topic

An unusual topic, that could be dull, is brought to life in a humorous way. Definitely worth a listen.

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  • 08-09-21

Wickedly irreverent and funny. I laughed a lot.

It's hard to express how much fun this book was. The authors take the marble-like icons of virtuous heroes and bring them down a notch, explaining how spite, jealousy, and downright psychopathy were involved in all aspects of book production and marketing.

Each chapter is a story from start to finish. Although they seem somewhat random, they cover some of the biggest names in book history. The humor is fantastic. The narrator does a great job with his dry biting wit. I laughed out loud in my car several times.

I've recommended this to several friends.

The only thing missing, and they came close to touching on it, were the 1930's and 1940's syndicates that produced series like the Hardy Boys, etc. where the author was fake and ghostwriters were paid $120 per book. I think these authors would do a spectacular job unearthing that mess.