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Book Publishing: An Introduction. The Book Trade. Acquisitions staff and selectors need to know something about the book trade… It helps personnel determine something about the quality of an item under consideration.

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the book trade
The Book Trade

Acquisitions staff and selectors need to know something about the book trade…

  • It helps personnel determine something about the quality of an item under consideration.
  • It also aids acquisitions staff when they have to deal directly with publisher.
  • It may also aid in selecting a supplier.

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what is a publisher
What is a publisher?
  • To publish…to issue a printed work, etc. to the public, as for sale
  • To issue the written work of an author

(Websters)

  • Appropriate to describe book publishing as a cultural industry
          • Book Publishing: A Basic Introduction

by John P. Dessauer

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standard terminology
Standard Terminology
  • Divisions of the Industry
  • Association of American Publishers has established some definitions.

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books by type
Books By Type
  • Trade books
  • Religious books
  • Professional books
  • Mass market paperbacks
  • University Press books
  • Texts
  • Government Publications
  • Serials publishers

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functional areas of publishing
Functional Areas of Publishing
  • Editorial
  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Fulfillment
  • Administration

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future trends
Future Trends
  • Era of rapid change
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Era of the accountant-publisher
  • Multinational publishers

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changes
Changes…
  • Simultaneous publication of popular

works in paper, audio, or CD-ROM formats

  • Increased serialization of important new works in major magazines like Newsweek and Time
  • Major event publications
  • E-Books

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websites
Websites
  • Association of American Publishers
    • www.publishers.org
  • Books A to Z
    • www.booksatoz.com
  • Book Web
    • www.ambook.org
  • Bookwire
    • www.bookwire.com
  • Publishers’ Catalogues Home Page
    • www.lights.com/publisher/index.html

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