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The Dun Emer Press in 1903 with Elizabeth Yeats working the hand press

Small press is a term often used to describe publishers who typically specialize in genre fiction, or limited edition books or magazines. It contrasts with vanity press, which usually implies payment by authors to publish; in the case of a small press the publisher is much more likely to be motivated by the idea that some writing of small immediate commercial value should nonetheless be made available by a formal publication and limited circulation.


At the most basic, small press production runs to chapbooks. This role can now be taken on by desktop publishing, as the wish simply to publish can be fulfilled by a web site. This still leaves a continuum of kinds of small press publishing: specialist periodicals, short runs or print-to-order of low-demand books, through to fine art books and limited editions of collectors' items printed to high standards.


Small presses became distinguishable from jobbing printers at some time towards the end of the nineteenth century. The roots lie with the Arts and Crafts Movement, with the example of the Kelmscott Press being particularly significant. The use of small letterpress machines by amateur printers increased roughly in proportion to the mechanization of commercial printing. The advance of practical lithography then made small press publication much easier.


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Small press - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (247 words)
Small press is a term often used to describe publishers who typically specialize in genre fiction or limited-edition books or magazines.
With a small press, the publisher is much more likely to be motivated by the desire to make writing of limited immediate commercial value available through formal publication.
Small presses became distinguishable from jobbing printers at some time towards the end of the nineteenth century.
British small press comics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1860 words)
Traditionally, a small press publisher was literally a publisher who operated on a small scale, often with a manual printing press in-house, producing limited print-runs of publications that larger more commercially inclined publishers would reject.
The history of British small press comics is tied up with the underground press of the 1960s with publications such as Oz and International Times, the British underground comix scene of the 1970s and with the Punk zine explosions of the late 1970s.
A common trait for small press comics is to be collated and stapled by hand and often extra flourishes will be added such a hand colouring or decoration making the comic something of an art object.
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