Evolution of the Book
Printing clearly revolutionized European literary culture, yet in some
cases, the printing press simply accelerated developments that were already
in motion within the manuscript culture of Europe during the late Middle
Ages. Among such developments was the increasing use of alphabetization
and indexing to help readers find desired information within a manuscript.
Also important was the growing availability of paper, which had the effect
of deprofessionalizing manuscript production, making writing surfaces
affordable for scholars who could consequently serve as their own scribes.
Individuals could use paper to keep notebooks, where they might jot key
ideas from important texts rather than laboriously transcribe the entire
text. A result of these trends was that cursive script became popular
and writing styles proliferated, as each individual writers idiosyncrasies
came to the fore, unrestrained by the professional standards of a guild.
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