• This outline of our knowledge of the process of releasing literature in late republican and
    early imperial Rome addresses the nature of the recitations, the question of ‘publishing’
    and distribution of books, from Atticus to Pliny the Younger. Although recognising that
    the distribution of Roman literature to a large extent consisted of private copying and
    exchange, I argue for the existence of a ‘book industry’ consisting of low-status craftsmen
    and traders editing and reproducing books for a commercial market.