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imbedded in the rich political and cultural environment of Western Massachusetts where many worthy manuscripts go unpublished.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.Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 2:29pm
Join us Thursday October 20 at 7 p.m. for a dramatic reading of Greg Oates screenplay: Nat Turner's Insurrection (http://bit.ly/2dGuzYn). Developed at the same time as Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation, it is another view of Turner based on his father Stephen Oates' essential biography of Nat Turner, Fires of Jubilee (http://bit.ly/2dGuBQd). Ingrid Askew will narrate and Noah Tuleja will direct. Should be quite an evening.
Just in time for the playoff season comes Jim Kaplan latest work, Clearing the Bases. I'm sure Jim will be glad to discuss how things are shaping up. Another of these amazingly talented writers in our midst. “Jim Kaplan is one of America’s finest writers on baseball, which means he’s a gifted writer on an essential part of the fabric of this country. Clearing the Bases is insightful, painstaking in research, and creative in connecting the historical people and events to the contemporary. The book is an intriguing, enlightening and a beautifully written pleasure, as the reader will discover from Page One.” — Ira Berkow