Narrator Stephen Fry (always a delight) takes us on two parallel trips, one to uncover the life of Johannes Gutenberg and how it led to his invention of a “machine that shaped civilization.” The other track follows an effort to build a copy of his original printing press, using technologies available at the time.

As you struggle with your publishing technologies, keep in mind that, unlike Gutenberg, at least you don’t have to deal with any setbacks caused by outbreaks of plague.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


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