MAINSPRING PRESS specializes in high-quality, peer-reviewed books and electronic publications for researchers, librarians, archivists, and advanced collectors of historic sound recordings. We are a privately held LLC chartered in Wilmington, Delaware, with an editorial office in Denver, Colorado.
The company was launched in 1999, initially to provide online resources for record researchers and collectors and released its first titles in 2000. It became a full-time publishing operation in 2002.
We work closely with an international community of advanced archivists, researchers, and collectors. Our author list has included John Bolig, Tim Brooks, William R. Bryant, Paul Charosh, Kurt Nauck, Brian Rust, Allan Sutton, Alex Van Der Tuuk, Raymond Wile, and other recognized experts in the field.
Our Mainspring Record Collectors' Blog, launched in June 2011, is one of the most-visited sites for vintage-record and phonograph collectors.
Mainspring Press is currently in the process of discontinuing book production and sales in favor of online data distribution, in association with the Discography of American Historical Recordings project at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
BEFORE CONTACTING, PLEASE NOTE: Sorry, but we don't offer advice on appraising, buying, or selling old records, or on repairing or obtaining parts for old phonographs. You'll find many dealers, appraisers, and repair services by searching the Web using those terms.
E-MAIL: Go to our e-mail link page
Mainspring Press, LLC
PO Box 631277
Littleton, CO 80163-1277 (USA)
General Inquiries:1303-501-4440* (Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM Mountain Time Zone)
*PLEASE NOTE: Phone ordering is not available for credit card orders — See Ordering Options below for other convenient ways to order.
You may also order by mail with Visa Mastercard, PayPal, personal check or money order (U.S. orders only), or international money order or bank draft (in US$ payable at a U.S. bank, and subject to final clearance by the issuing institution).
DISTRIBUTORS AND RESELLERS PLEASE NOTE: We are now a direct-to-consumer business only, and we no longer offer credit or discounts to distributors, retailers, or other resellers. If desired, books may be ordered, pre-paid using Visa, Master Card, or PayPal, at the stated list price.
Because of high demand for review copies, we must limit distribution to print publications with verifiable circulation or sales data and an appropriate audience. To prevent unauthorized resale of review copies we may, at our discretion, supply marked or unbound copies to reviewers.
To request a review copy, please write or e-mail us with the following information: Your publication's title; its ISSN or ISBN number; its publisher's name and contact information; audited or other verifiable circulation or sales statistics; date of the issue in which the review is scheduled to appear; and the publisher's agreement to supply us with a complimentary copy of the publication(s) in which the review(s) appear.
We generally do not supply review copies to websites, radio stations, or other non-print media.
Information for Prospective Authors
We are not accepting proposals or manuscripts at this time.