LONDON — Book printing houses have a long history of printing books in the traditional, traditional, handmade way.
It was only a few centuries ago, in the early 1700s, that the oldest printing press was founded in the village of Osterwalde in the Rhineland-Palatinate.
But for many, the oldest print-on-demand business is now a print shop.
And its opening is a sign that book printing is about to become a more viable, sustainable business model, according to Book Printing Association’s director of business development, Helen Wilson.
She’s a veteran book printer who’s been working in the industry for decades.
“We’ve seen book printing grow in many different ways in the last couple of decades,” she said.
“I think it’s going to be quite an interesting change in the next few years.”
Wilson says she’s been looking for ways to make the book printing industry more sustainable for decades now, and says that’s partly because of the increasing popularity of digital publishing.
“It’s been very exciting to see the change that has been happening over the last two years and how people are getting access to print,” she explained.
“And the trend is for book printing to be a much more sustainable business as well.”
Book Printing Society’s Helen Wilson says the book market is now booming.
Image: Courtesy of Book Printing association Helen Wilson has been involved in the business since the 1980s, and she says she believes the book print industry will continue to grow as technology advances.
“The printing industry has had a really tough time, as technology has been really important to it, but I think that the book industry is going to continue to evolve, as well,” she added.
“Digital publishing has really changed the landscape of the book publishing industry and I think this is a great opportunity for book printers to have a bigger role in the future.”
So how did book printing become a print business in the first place?
Many of the earliest print shops were built by people who were unable to afford the traditional printing equipment needed for books.
“There are many, many book printing shops that have been destroyed over the years,” Wilson said.
So, when the traditional book printing business shut down and new technology made it possible for book prints to be made in home-based printers, many of those traditional book printers began to look for ways of expanding their businesses.
In the late 1800s, the book printer, as it was known, was able to build the first home-printed book, The History of London, in 1895.
That book became one of the first books to be sold in bookshops, and it has remained a popular text ever since.
And it was a book printed by a book printer in 1869.
But this wasn’t the only printing business to open in London in the 1800s.
The printing press, as we know it today, was also able to print books from newspapers and books of the day in the 19th century, Wilson said, with the idea of selling books to the public and distributing them through newspapers and magazines.
So it’s no wonder that the printing press flourished in London’s commercial district in the 1890s.
“London was a hub for the printing trade during the early 1900s, but in the 1860s the book press was in a bad place, so we started to see people coming in, and book printing started to become the new business model for London,” Wilson explained.
A new way to print A new generation of book printers opened up in the 1920s, when many of the traditional print shops shut down.
These new print shops would be able to hire a staff of about 30 people, and then produce books and other materials for the public.
Wilson says that the early 20th century was the heyday for book-making in London.
“You would have people coming into the shops in the afternoon and they would be looking at books and they were very interested in printing and looking for books, and the printing industry was booming in the city at the time,” she continued.
“But there was no way to take these books out and sell them to the general public.
They would be sent off to the printers, or put in the stocks.”
By the 1930s, with more and more books being printed in homes, printing became a business that could be profitable.
The traditional book print shop was shut down, and by the 1940s, most book printers were either self-employed or had branches located around the city.
And this continued to change throughout the rest of the century.
By the 1950s, many traditional book book printing houses were shutting down, with many new ones popping up.
But the book printers still thrived in London and the city’s book trade continued to thrive through the 1970s and 1980s.
But it was the end of the 20th Century that saw a new kind of book printer come into the picture.
“Around the turn of the 21st century, the traditional books were disappearing from the