is a company
that provides commercial printing
services, often also offering typesetting
services. The term can also refer to people who operate printing presses
, or who run printing companies.
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 printers, often owned by newspaper publishers
- Magazine printers, usually independent of magazine publishers
- Book printers, often not directly connected with book publishers
- Stationery printers
- Packaging printers
- Commercial printers, often offering digital and traditional printing services
Someone who makes artistic prints, usually by hand in limited runs, is known as a printmaker.