Printer (publisher)
In publishing, printers are both companies providing printing
Printing is a process for reproducing text and image, typically with ink on paper using a printing press. It is often carried out as a large-scale industrial process, and is an essential part of publishing and transaction printing....

 services and individuals who directly operate printing press
Printing press
A printing press is a device for applying pressure to an inked surface resting upon a print medium , thereby transferring the ink...


With the invention of the moveable type printing press by Johannes Gutenberg around 1450, printing—and printers—proliferated throughout Europe.

Today, printers are found throughout the world. They include:
  • Newspaper
    A newspaper is a scheduled publication containing news of current events, informative articles, diverse features and advertising. It usually is printed on relatively inexpensive, low-grade paper such as newsprint. By 2007, there were 6580 daily newspapers in the world selling 395 million copies a...

     printers are often owned by newspaper publishers
  • Magazine
    Magazines, periodicals, glossies or serials are publications, generally published on a regular schedule, containing a variety of articles. They are generally financed by advertising, by a purchase price, by pre-paid magazine subscriptions, or all three...

     printers are usually independent of magazine publishers
  • Book
    A book is a set or collection of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of hot lava, paper, parchment, or other materials, usually fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is called a leaf or leaflet, and each side of a leaf is called a page...

     printers, often not directly connected with book publishers
  • Stationery
    Stationery has historically meant a wide gamut of materials: paper and office supplies, writing implements, greeting cards, glue, pencil case etc.-History of stationery:...

  • Packaging printers
  • Commercial printers, often offering digital and traditional printing services

An artist who operates a printing press to execute their own works, especially by hand in limited runs, is usually distinguished from other printers by the term printmaker.

Famous printers

  • Johannes Gutenberg
  • John Baskerville
    John Baskerville
    John Baskerville was an English businessman, in areas including japanning and papier-mâché, but he is best remembered as a printer and typographer.-Life:...

  • Jodocus Badius
    Jodocus Badius
    Jodocus Badius was a pioneer of the printing industry.Sometimes called Badius Ascensius from the village of Asse, near Brussels, where he was born, he became an eminent printer at Paris. His establishment came to be known as the Prelum Ascensianum...

  • Henry Estienne
    Henry Estienne
    Henri Estienne , also known as Henricus Stephanus, was a 16th-century French printer and classical scholar. He was the eldest son of Robert Estienne.-Biography:Estienne was born in Paris....

  • William Caxton
    William Caxton
    William Caxton was an English merchant, diplomat, writer and printer. As far as is known, he was the first English person to work as a printer and the first to introduce a printing press into England...

  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin
    Dr. Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, musician, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat...

  • Colard Mansion
    Colard Mansion
    Colard Mansion was a 15th century Flemish scribe and printer who worked together with William Caxton. He is known as the first printer of a book with copper engravings, and as the printer of the first books in English and French.-Biography:Colard Mansion was a central figure in the early printing...

  • Aldus Manutius
    Aldus Manutius
    Aldus Pius Manutius , the Latinised name of Aldo Manuzio —sometimes called Aldus Manutius, the Elder to distinguish him from his grandson, Aldus Manutius, the Younger—was an Italian humanist who became a printer and publisher when he founded the Aldine Press at Venice.His publishing legacy includes...

  • Francysk Skaryna
  • Ottaviano Petrucci
    Ottaviano Petrucci
    Ottaviano Petrucci was an Italian printer. His Harmonice Musices Odhecaton, a collection of chansons printed in 1501, is commonly misidentified as the first book of sheet music printed from movable type. Actually that distinction belongs to the Roman printer Ulrich Han's Missale Romanum of 1476...

  • Christoffel Plantijn
  • Johann Froben
    Johann Froben
    Johann Froben, in Latin: Johannes Frobenius , was a famous printer and publisher in Basel...

  • Hieronymus Froben
    Hieronymus Froben
    Hieronymus Froben was a famous pioneering printer in Basel and the eldest son of Johann Froben. He was educated at the University of Basel and traveled widely in Europe....

  • Midland Regional Printers
  • Charlotte Guillard
  • William Bradford
  • Jacob Meghapart
  • Grigor Marzuantsi
    Grigor Marzuantsi
    Grigor Marzuantsi was an Armenian book printer and engraver during the years 1705-1730.-References:* * *...

  • Mkhitar Sebastatsi
    Mkhitar Sebastatsi
    Mkhitar Sebastatsi on 7 February in 1666 and died on 27 April in 1749. He was Armenian book publisher during the years 1706-1749. He was educated in St...

  • Voskan Yerevantsi
    Voskan Yerevantsi
    Voskan Yerevantsi was one of the first Armenian book publishers during the years 1640-1666. He published the Bible in Amsterdam in the years 1666-68, which is believed to be one of the best samples of old Armenian printing.-References:* * *...

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