Industrial Book Production

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Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780226276519
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226276540 | DOI:
Industrial Book Production

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Chambers's Edinburgh Journal described the changes in the book trade in the first half of the nineteenth century as a “great revolution in the business of the printer.” Machine printing and stereotyping helped to save the labor costs of press work and composition. Such journals defined stereotyping as a “means of keeping up fictitious types to answer future demands, at an expense infinitely inferior to that of keeping the actual pages standing.” William Savage did not deny that their ability to print faster and on larger sheets of paper offered the machines great merit in terms of speed, which was essential to newspapers and certain periodicals. The factors that can alter the structure and organization of the book trade were publishers' decisions to use machine-made paper, stereotyping, and machine printing.

Keywords: book production; Chambers's Edinburgh Journal; book trade; machine printing; stereotyping; machine-made paper; William Savage

Chapter.  3801 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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