Book Publication refers to the process of producing printed editions of books (in whatever medium) and the rights granted to publishers to do so. The rights granted to publishers are usually called “exclusive rights,” while others may call them “permanent right of first publication.” The more common term, however, is “exclusive publishing.” This article will focus on what book publishing really is.
In the early days of book production, the term “book production” was used to mean the actual production of printed publications. “Book production” has since been refined to mean the technological systems required to produce published works in audio, video, and print formats. These technological systems vary greatly among publishers. Some use traditional printing equipment such as a desktop publishing press; others use state-of-the-art laser printer-based systems.
Book publishers usually utilize one of several different methods of production: offset printing and lithography, screen-printing, and bindery. Book production techniques can be divided into “stamping” or “die cutting,” and “press manufacturing.” Stamping is the process of creating one-dimensional (or single sided) images from electronic files. die cutting, on the other hand, uses a two-dimensional die cutting machine to create images of various shapes and sizes. Press manufacturing involves assembling different components such as paper, ink, toner, and rubber stamps, which are pressed together to form a bound manuscript, usually for mass printing purposes. These components are usually produced in a very short time.
The major difference between offset printing and press manufacturing lies in the method of processing the materials produced. In the former, publishers feed paper from an electronic machine that reads each sheet of paper and places the appropriate marks on the paper as it is fed. Book publishers then use this same machine to print the pages that have been received. The major benefit of this type of printing process is that there is little waste; since all the paper has been used, there are very few chances for printers to make a wrong cut or for the incorrect mark to be fed into the system.
The concept of “offline printing” or “perforated offset printing” is gaining popularity among some publishing houses. In this process, publishers feed paper from an offset machine that causes tiny holes to appear on the papers. As they are perforated, the holes allow books to be laid out in an organized fashion on their edges, thus allowing the publisher to form the bound text. Although this technology does not alter the fundamental nature of book publication, the rapidity with which this technique is executed may impact the way publishers publish and sell books in the future.
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