The earliest publishers
were also printers.
These noble careers diverged as the cost of owning newer, high speed printing equipment became too expensive an investment for most publishers. Those publishers who continued to print, and there are a number in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts, preserve the hands-on creation of fine works of art and literature. Adastra Press, Kat Ran Press, Pennyroyal Press, Swamp Press, and Warwick Press all work locally, carrying on a 500-year-old tradition, creatively combining letterpress, offset, and high-resolution digital imaging.
Levellers Press, formed by the worker-owners of Collective Copies in 2009, comes from a completely different direction to a publishing world in flux. We have witnessed a revolution in imaging technology from the first analog color copiers, to Xerox Docutechs in the 1990s, to today's 2400 dpi Xerox Docucolors printing on sheets as large as 13 x 19 inches. Unwieldy graphic files and slow computer processing have given way to lean Adobe Acrobat documents, high speed scanners and speedier RIPs (rasterized image processing).
Our core business allows us to own this new technology, including the bindery equipment that completes a high quality print-on-demand publication. We find ourselves imbedded in the rich political and cultural environment of Western Massachusetts where many worthy manuscripts go unpublished. As Levellers Press we hope to provide a ready vehicle for authors whether we publish their work or help in a self-publishing effort. We have worked successfully with authors and publishers all over the U. S. and welcome all inquiries.
Levellers Press updated their cover photo.Friday, April 21st, 2017 at 8:00pm
Join us at the Brew Practitioners in Florence next Friday at 7.
Thanks to Hampshire Life for featuring The Columns of Fred Contrada in Book Bag. Join us, this coming Tuesday at 7pm at the Florence Civic Center, to give Fred's book the send off it deserves. http://www.gazettenet.com/Book-Bag-9225678
From the introduction: Back when I wrote a weekly column, people would surprise me by asking, “What’s it about?” I was dumbfounded. Some columnists write about people; some about their pets or parents; some about themselves. I had trouble answering the question because I wanted to write about whatever I wanted to write about. No neat labels or limits for me.
I saw the column as my ticket to freedom. Every week, I could express myself without having to stick to the facts of a news story. Although I wrote for a regional newspaper, I could write about past adventures, present-day challenges, and the transience of life. I didn’t need a news hook to Western Massachusetts. I could tell stories like I was sitting around a campfire. I wrote about the characters I encountered in my twenties as I hitchhiked across the country. I met Sikhs in the Pecos Wilderness, shooed mice out of my Volkswagen van, and stayed at a hobo camp in the Yukon. I had some close calls with mentally ill and dangerous characters, but I got out alive and learned a lot about human nature, especially the twisted kind.
“Fred’s quirky, beautifully written, sharply observed columns were one of the treasures of the valley. To have so many collected in one volume is yet another treasure for the valley.” — Stan Freeman, former reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette and The Springfield Republican, and author of The Natural History of Western Massachusetts