The History of the Newfoundland Publishing Industry: A Review

This website will discuss the history of publishing in Newfoundland and Labrador and explain how the unique situation in the province is something librarians should understand and consider when building their collections. Likewise, this project considers the cultural revival of the 1970s, spurred further development in the publishing industry and how today the expanding tourist trade has raised a number of questions regarding the ability of the publishing industry to tell a unique story.

Unlike the most other provinces in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador has a memory of a time before confederation, a time when they were still a nation. This unique history has meant that the roots of the publishing industry in Newfoundland developed independently from the rest of Canada. In the early years of the colony publishing in Newfoundland was slow to develop due to lack of settlement, low literacy and British disinterest in developing culture and literature on the island. However, when Newfoundland finally adopted a printing press in the mid-seventeenth century, the industry became essential to the island nation that was now dependent on the news and literature produced by the countries small presses.