The Man Who Changed Reading Forever | Smithsonian


The palazzo, now divided into rental apartments and gift shops, is where Aldus Manutius forever changed printing more than half a millennium ago.

He introduced curved italic type, which replaced the cumbersome square Gothic print used at the time, and helped standardize punctuation, defining the rules of use for the comma and semicolon.

He also was the first to print small, secular books that could be carried around for study and pleasure—the precursors to paperbacks and e-readers today.

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