Norton’s inherited wealth facilitated his prominence in the book trade. Freed by patrimony in 1594, he held important posts within the Stationers’ Company, serving as Master three times from 1613 to 1629. Norton chiefly printed lucrative texts over which he held (much fought-over) monopolies. Often embroiled in disputes, Norton was ultimately imprisoned after an argument with Robert Barker over the office of the King's Printer.
From The Oxford Companion to the Book in Oxford Reference.