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Production and Steam Power

in Steam-Powered Knowledge

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780226276519
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226276540 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226276540.003.0005
Production and Steam Power

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This chapter considers the problem that William and Robert Chambers found themselves facing by the middle of 1832. Printing Chambers's Journal in advance helped to solve the distribution problem, but it did nothing to change the fact that a week's worth of copies needed to be produced in no more than a week. On paper, the decision to use steam power might appeared straightforward: The firm wanted to increase output more than hand presses could easily achieve, and steam would have seemed like an ideal choice. The Chambers' decision to become printers as well as publishers reflects both their Edinburgh setting and their origins as magazine publishers. It was the success of the weekly Chambers's Journal that encouraged W. & R. Chambers to use steam printing.

Keywords: William Chambers; Robert Chambers; printing; Chambers's Journal; steam power; Edinburgh; Chambers

Chapter.  4565 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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