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Steam-Powered KnowledgeWilliam Chambers and the Business of Publishing, 1820-1860$
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Aileen Fyfe

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226276519

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226276540.001.0001

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Production and Steam Power

Production and Steam Power

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(p.55) 4 Production and Steam Power
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DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226276540.003.0005

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

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