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Newspapers are a lot like music

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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 6:00 am

Newspapers aren’t the oldest business in the world, but they’re close. A quick search online reveals the first published newspaper was documented in 59 B.C. in Rome. Apparently, it was distributed as a flyer to the community, and posted in key areas for all to read.

By the 1400’s, some 1380 years later, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. If you stop and think about this a moment, for 1400 years newspapers were published without a printing press… intriguing and impressive in and of itself! This new technology enabled us to produce newspapers more rapidly, and in higher quantities. It’s estimated that by the 16th century, more than 20 million copies had been produced, directly attributed to the advancement of the printing technology. By the 19th century, presses were steam powered, and off to the races in an industrial fashion.

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