By Steven Carl Smith

Home to the so-called massive 5 publishers in addition to thousands of smaller presses, popular literary brokers, a energetic arts scene, and an uncountable variety of aspiring and confirmed writers alike, long island urban is greatly perceived because the publishing capital of the USA and the realm. This booklet lines the origins and early evolution of the city’s upward thrust to literary preeminence.

Through 5 case stories, Steven Carl Smith examines publishing in manhattan from the post–Revolutionary battle interval in the course of the Jacksonian period. He discusses the slow improvement of neighborhood, neighborhood, and nationwide distribution networks, assesses the commercial relationships and shared social and cultural practices that hooked up printers, booksellers, and their consumers, and explores the uncharacteristically smooth techniques taken via the city’s preindustrial printers and vendors. If the cultural matrix of revealed texts served because the basic legitimating automobile for political debate and literary expression, Smith argues, then deeper figuring out of the industrial pursuits and political affiliations of the folk who produced those texts supplies priceless perception into the emergence of a big American undefined. these eager about New York’s ebook alternate imagined for themselves, like their opposite numbers in different significant seaport towns, a powerful enterprise which can fulfill the recent nation’s wish for print, and plenty of fulfilled their ambition via cultivating networks that crossed local barriers, offering books to the masses.

A clean interpretation of the marketplace financial system in early the USA, An Empire of Print reveals how manhattan began at the street to turning into the publishing powerhouse it's today.

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