- Title Pages
- A Note on Money
- 1 W. & R. Chambers and the Market for Print
- I Organizing a Proper System of Publishing
- 2 Industrial Book Production
- 3 Reaching a National Market
- 4 Production and Steam Power
- 5 New Formats for Information
- 6 Reaching an Overseas Market
- 7 A Modern Printing Establishment
- II Railways and Competition
- 8 The Coming of the Railways
- 9 Centralizing Business in Edinburgh
- 10 Routledge and the New Competition
- 11 Railway Bookstalls
- 12 Instruction in the Railway Marketplace
- 13 The Dignitaries of the Trade Take on Routledge
- III Steamships and Transatlantic Business
- 14 Transatlantic Opportunities
- 15 Getting to Know the American Market
- 16 The Dissemination of Cheap Instruction
- 17 A New Spirit of Engagement
- 18 Building Relationships with Boston and Philadelphia
- 19 Piracy and Shipwreck!
Piracy and Shipwreck!
Piracy and Shipwreck!
- (p.239) 19 Piracy and Shipwreck!
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This chapter discusses how Joshua Lippincott imported all of Chambers' instructive serials and many of the book publications, and his experiences of importing the Chambers's Journal. The speed with which the imports crossed the Atlantic suddenly became critical, and the difficulties William Chambers and Lippincott faced in dealing with Peter Orvis showed the ambivalent utility of steamships to British publishers. Orvis had no recorded involvement with the book trade before establishing the New York Journal. In advertising his reprint of Chambers's Journal, he made the most of the the Chambers' reputation. Four years after the City of Philadelphia was wrecked, the North American telegraph system had been extended to Newfoundland. On the surface, the transatlantic steamship services presented similar advantages to the railways in terms of increased speed and reliability.
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