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Author: Aileen Fyfe
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With the overwhelming amount of new information that bombards us each day, it is perhaps difficult to imagine a time when the widespread availability of the printed word was a novelty. In early nineteenth-century Britain, print was not novel-Gutenberg's printing press had been around for nearly four centuries-but printed matter was still a rare and relatively expensive luxury. All this changed, however, as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Fyfe, Aileen.
Steam-powered knowledge.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012, ©2012
(DLC) 2011029615
(OCoLC)741937777
Named Person: William Chambers; Robert Chambers; Robert Chambers; William Chambers
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Aileen Fyfe
ISBN: 9780226276540 0226276546 1280126094 9781280126093
OCLC Number: 779172967
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 313 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: the flood of cheap print --
W. & R. Chambers and the market for print --
Organizing a proper system of publishing --
Industrial book production --
Reaching a national market --
Production and steam power --
New formats for information --
Reaching an overseas market --
A modern printing establishment --
Railways and competition --
The coming of the railways --
Centralizing business in Edinburgh --
Routledge and the new competition --
Railway bookstalls --
Instruction in the railway marketplace --
The dignitaries of the trade take on Routledge --
Steamships and transatlantic business --
Transatlantic opportunities --
Getting to know the American market --
The dissemination of cheap instruction --
A new spirit of engagement --
Building relationships with Boston and Philadelphia --
Piracy and shipwreck! --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Aileen Fyfe.

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