What Happens in Book Publishing

What Happens in Book Publishing

What Happens in Book Publishing

What Happens in Book Publishing

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The first edition of this book was aimed at meeting the need for an up-to-date survey of operations in the American book publishing business. Acceptance of the book suggests that it has helped to meet that need. It has been used, as intended, by students in library schools, and in publishing and graphic arts courses. Many publishing houses have used it to provide the new or prospective staff member with a frame of reference for his own work, and to refresh the minds of more experienced publishing workers about operations other than their own. It has helped manufacturers, booksellers, authors, and others to review the publishing aspects of their industry.

This edition, like the first, is an outline of the procedures in book publishing, not a how-to book. It has been brought extensively up to date by the contributors. Most chapters have been largely rewritten, except for those that have been replaced by new ones -- for example, in the areas of sales and promotion, children's books, paperbacks (two chapters instead of one), and mail-order publishing. An exception is the chapter on copy editing by the late Dr. William Bridgwater, who had not had the opportunity to rewrite it at the time of his death; only minor revisions have been made. New chapters on order fulfillment and internal services, and on the future prospects of the industry, have been added. And, of course, all the statistics are new. Nearly all of the book reflects the immense changes that have overtaken the book publishing business in the past decade.

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