IF YOU PRINT IT, THEY WILL READ In the 14th-century, Johannes Gutenberg spent almost two decades innovating the existing method printing. Until then, entire pages were carved into a wooden block. This method was tedious and time-consuming. But, tedious as it was, this method was far faster than transcribing by hand. Gutenberg’s new method allowed entire pages to be reproduced at once. Then, the movable type could be reorganized for the next page to print.