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Centralizing Business in Edinburgh

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/9780226276540.003.0010
Centralizing Business in Edinburgh

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This chapter addresses the printing business in Edinburgh. The improved ease of personal travel helped publishers to manage their regional agents and their network of retail booksellers. W. & R. Chambers began the process of reducing their dependence on potentially unreliable and troublesome agents during the 1840s. The slow progress of construction of the through line to London meant that railways took longer to affect the Chambers' English business. There was a new communications technology available—electric telegraph—that could send information faster than an express train, but its formidable speed came at a price, both literally and metaphorically. Having been failed by both railways and telegraph, David vented his frustration in a long-hand letter to his brother Robert.

Keywords: printing business; Edinburgh; Chambers; London; English business; electric telegraph

Chapter.  4962 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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