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12 Unusual and Historical Facts on Printing
12 Unusual and Historical Facts on Printing

In today’s busy, often hectic world, discovering interesting trivia can often be the respite you need to push on through your work day.  We hope you find these unusual printing tid-bits amusing if not educational! These intriguing, historical facts will definitely show you how the printing industry is leaving its mark. 

1. World’s Smallest Printed Book:

Measuring in at .0291 x .0295 inches, a 22 page Japanese book containing pictures of the flowers of the four seasons holds a Guinness World Book of Records entry for being the world’s smallest printed book. 

2. The Renaissance:

Because of the increased ability to disseminate information on various printed materials, the devout followers of the new philosophy known as Humanism utilized this medium to their advantage. Today, we commonly recognize the advancement of the printing press as largely contributing to the monumental cultural shift of human intelligence known as the Renaissance period.

3. Largest Number of Books Issued In One Publishing Run:

J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series and as it saw great popularity throughout the years, the seventh and final novel that received the most critical acclaim was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It sold 15 million copies in the first 24 hours following its release, and had an initial print run of 12 million copies, making it the largest initial print run ever

4. Largest Printed Catalog:

Remember how much excitement used to surround the publishing of the large department store catalogs? IKEA still thrills many of its loyal customers, but their large door-stoppers don’t compare to the behemoth released by Aviall Services Inc. in 2005. Their ‘Aviall Product and Catalog Book’ released on January 3, 2005, had 2,656 pages, and weighed in at 7.4 lb. and is 2.8 in. thick.

5. Oldest Printing Publishing House:

If you think most publishing houses like Random House and Penguin Group, have only been around for a couple of hundred years, think again. Cambridge University Press, the oldest printing and publishing house, has been around since 1534 and was started through a charter granted by the infamous Henry VIII. It’s been operating non-stop since the first book was printed in 1584, publishing over 2,000 books and 150 journals a year across 200 countries around the globe.

6. Oldest Surviving Printed Book:

The first mechanically printed book is arguably, but generally accepted to be, the Gutenberg Bible, printed in Germany around 1455. It was printed with moveable type. Through using carved wood plates and simple presses, the Chinese cultures were printing book like structures hundreds of years prior. The Buddhist “Diamond Sutra” dates back to 868 AD. 

7. 3D Printing:

The first 3D printer was created by Chuck Hull in 1984. 3D printing, also known as additive printing, was developed in the 80s, but it wasn’t until recently that it started taking off.

8. Expensive Ink:

The retail cost of black printer ink is one of the most expensive liquids on the planet, far exceeding oil and even space shuttle fuel (on a per gallon basis). As of Dec. 2015, black ink was running over $2,700 per gallon!

9. Civil War:

Small, portable printing presses were used by soldiers on the battlefields during the Civil War.

10. Propaganda Pamphlets:

During WWII, more than an estimated 12 million propaganda pamphlets were printed and dropped over Germany in hopes of inspiring the American and Allied soldiers on the battlefields while also demoralizing the Nazis.

11. Beware Old Children’s Books:

 Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in 2008 that prohibited the sale or lending of children’s books printed before 1985 unless those books are proven to not test positive for lead. Usually, these lead tests are expensive causing both libraries and used book stores to throw out such books rather than have them tested.

12. The Black Death:

Because of the massive amount of people who died in the Black Death (c. 1347), this episode in time became a major player in the evolution of the process of printing. The only methods for making books at that time was using parchment (sheepskin) or vellum (calfskin), which were very expensive. With the surplus of clothes inherited by the living, their old worn garments began to be used as “rag paper”. In addition, many of the bookmakers had passed away due to the plague. Because of the lack of people that had the knowledge of bookmaking, coupled with the mass production of the cheap “rag paper”, a better printing process began to be implemented.

As you can see, printers have been an integral part of the human experience for centuries, and they have only begun to leave their mark on the future. BIS Office Systems offers a free, no hassle, no obligation print evaluation and assessment of your workplace printing needs. Call us today at 251-476-3113 to schedule your appointment or contact us online here. Our managed document and print solutions allow businesses every day to reduce their overall print costs. Companies can rest assured knowing their partnership with us will keep their equipment running smoothly and their budget looking its best.

Adams, C. (Feb. 1, 2015). Did You Know…Fascinating Printing Facts.

Kasameyer, A. (Dec. 8, 2015). 10 Unusual Printing Facts That You’ve Never Heard Of

Access Your Gmail Emails and Calendars Directly from your Printer’s Touch Screen
Access Your Gmail Emails and Calendars Directly from your Printer’s Touch Screen

Being able to print on the go is fast becoming a standard requisite for many businesses. With the Kyocera Google Connector app, employees are able to access their Google accounts right at the touch screen control panel of the MFP (multifunctional printer).

With companies making the move from physical storage to the cloud, cloud print environments are becoming a necessity to have integrated into the business workflow. That’s why Kyocera Document Solutions, one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, developed the Google Connector app. While at the printer, one can: 


• View, compose, edit and search through Gmails 

Scan documents to store or use as attachments
View and print calendars


Kyocera continues to look at the evolving climate in business workflow needs as does Google. With Gmail reportedly being used by nearly 50% of small business employees, Kyocera sought out how to connect with Google’s cloud email service market to provide more integrated workflow opportunities. Through this Google partnership, Kyocera keeps the workforce mobile by enabling users to retrieve Gmail functionality on the individual MFPs without having to log in on a separate device. 

The development of business applications such as this have been a priority for Kyocera for years. They previously developed the Kyocera Cloud Connect, Mobile Print, and the Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint Connectors for easy to use printing via the cloud from smartphones, tablets and PCs.

When it comes to the security of cloud printing, Kyocera developed the technology of linking an organization’s Google cloud printing capabilities with leading print management solutions to ensure secure print release. Unique to Kyocera, the connection of a company’s Google Cloud Print account to their print management account creates the ultimate document security. In addition, all print jobs can be set to hold until the user authenticates. 

At one time, the “mobile” workforce meant having to lug a heavy suitcase of samples door to door. Today, it requires access to everything at your fingertips no matter where you are. Since BIS Office Systems is a Kyocera Premier Dealer, we can offer all of the solutions discussed above. Our managed document solutions work for you so you have more time for your business. Call us today at 251-476-3113 for a free, no hassle, no obligation evaluation and assessment of your workplace printing needs.


How to be efficient in the workplace with your copier and printer
How to be efficient in the workplace with your copier and printer

In today’s business world, printing and copying documents for meetings, presentations, filing and general office use is ingrained in the everyday workflow of an office. what would you do without an office printer and copier? that’s tough to imagine.

That’s why office equipment companies, such as Kyocera, have built their business around making your business more efficient and productive. With the latest technologies, your office printer and copiers can make print-related tasks simpler and easier for all employees. Just recently, Kyocera launched copier and printer apps that let users easily scan and print documents straight from their mobile devices to their office printer.


Mobile print is the newest technology that gives you a number of functions to help you print and copy wirelessly on any mobile device. You can also scan documents and upload them straight to your mobile device as well. If you don’t have Mobile Print installed on your copier and phone, you’re making your work life harder than it needs to be.


But Mobile Print isn’t the only way you can be efficient at work with your copier and printer. As a Total Document Solutions Provider, BIS Office Systems helps businesses lower costs with their office equipment, maximizes printer and copying tasks by providing quality and efficient equipment, makes sure your office equipment is secure and safe so outside hackers cannot access private files, and much more.



BIS Office Systems provides document and printer management solutions, so you can get power over the document flow process in your office rather than let it overpower you. As a Print Management Solution provider, we also give your business customer tailored printer services that best fit your company’s need. This means less expense and more time being productive.


Many businesses overprint and spend way too much money on printing in general. Did you know that 90% of business currently don’t track what they are spending on printing? And the average office spends 1 – 3% of total revenue just on printing per year.* Many times, print jobs are unnecessary or too much paper has been used. That’s why having a Managed Print Service is important to your business. 


We assess your current printing usage and create a plan of attack to eliminate unneeded printing and copying. We also make it easy to refill your toners by shipping new toner cartridges automatically to your office when your printers show 15 – 20% of toner is left. Thus, this helps eliminate trips to the store and sudden printer outages when you were not expecting the toner to run out.


It’s the little things many businesses don’t think about that put stress and time restraints on office productivity. That’s why BIS Office Systems make it our business to help identify and eliminate those issues to help your business work seamlessly and efficiently. Our experts are trained specifically in office systems management to help advise your business in the best solutions.


We encourage you to give us a call to set up a free PrintSmart Evaluation on your office printers and copiers. Our experts can then determine the best option for your business and create a personalized plan of action concerning your copier, printers. We also offer IT support to keep your documents and business information secure online. Call us today! 251.476.3113




*Statistics provided by The Gartner Group