Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Steam-Powered KnowledgeWilliam Chambers and the Business of Publishing, 1820-1860$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Aileen Fyfe

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226276519

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226276540.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 25 February 2021

Production and Steam Power

Production and Steam Power

(p.55) 4 Production and Steam Power
Steam-Powered Knowledge
University of Chicago Press

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

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.