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Fyfe, Aileen

Steam-powered knowledge : William Chambers and the business of publishing, 1820-1860 / Aileen Fyfe.

Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Physical Description:
xvi, 313 pages : ill ; 24 cm
Reference Library
Z325.C44 F94 2012 (LC)
Accessible in the Reference Library [Hours]
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Terms:
Booksellers and bookselling -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Chambers, Robert, 1802-1871.
Chambers, William, 1800-1883.
George Routledge and Sons -- History.
Publishers and publishing -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Railroads -- Economic aspects.
William and Robert Chambers -- History.

  • 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.