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Questions tagged [publishing]

Questions about current or historical practices in publishing that affected or would affect many or most publications in a specific period and/or place (country, city, ...). In this type of questions, specific works may be cited as examples. However, for questions concerning the publication of specific works, use the [publication] tag.

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What does “This title has Common Core connections” mean?

I have noticed that online listings for books primarily marketed toward children sometimes include the text "This title has Common Core connections.", usually toward the bottom. What does this mean? ...
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How to tell whether a book is worth reading? [closed]

I often look for books by topic. For example, recently I wanted to find books about princesses reclaiming their throne, and I got recommended a few. I googled each title, read the summary, if I could ...
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What is the highest number a comic book issue ever achieved naturally?

Action Comics #1000 was first published in the US earlier this year. I got the impression that this seemed to be an unheard of before milestone. Most likely due to the fact that such a daunting ...
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What methods have been used to distinguish the text between the two strands of The Neverending Story?

I've owned two copies of Michael Ende's The Neverending Story in my life - both English translations, one paperback with a blue cover, one hardback with a red cover inside the dustcover. Both of them ...
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Is it common practice for cover art to be designed without direct input from the author?

in the last day or so there's been something of a furore over Terry Goodkind's public criticism of the cover art on his latest novel, Shroud of Eternity. He made a post on Facebook ridiculing the ...
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Why weren't Blake's poems published in their original painted form?

A little known fact about William Blake is that his poems in Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience were published in a painted form. As the article William Blake and the Music of the Songs ...
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The proper way to count “edition” numbering

Let's assume there is some John Doe, who is an author of Some Book. This book was published by Some Publisher in 1800, in 2 volumes. Then, it was published again in 1805, by the same publisher, with ...
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What does “Printed for…” mean?

Sometimes, when I see old books on Archive.org, I see mysterious "Printed for..." and can't understand what does it mean. For example, here is a link to 1817 reprint of Le Morte D'Arthur, prepared by ...
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How do publishers select who has biographies written about them? [closed]

Presumably, in order for there to be a biography of someone, someone else must decide that they're worth writing a biography about. How is this determination made? I assume that publishers are ...
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Why would Image Comics publish “Sunstone”, after it was released as a webcomic?

Stjepan Sejic's Sunstone was first published as a webcomic on his DeviantArt account (and is still available there), as was his Death Vigil. Linda Sejic's Blood Stain is published on her DeviantArt ...
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How do publishers determine how much to charge for audiobooks relative to their printed version?

Amazon.com prices for a few random books as of 10/5/2017: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - paperback $9.29, hardcover $17.89, audio CD $38.98 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - ...
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Why do some books warn that books with missing covers may be unauthorised?

I've noticed that a lot of my books contain a warning that if the book is missing a cover, it may be unauthorized. For example, the copyright page of my copy of George R R Martin's Clash of Kings ...
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Is there a list of book sales (or numerical rank) by author online?

I often find that an author's lesser-known works are among my favorites; some examples are Steinbeck's "Tortilla Flat" and "The Wayward Bus", Jack London's "The Road," and Twain's "The American ...
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How do The New York Times bestseller lists work?

The New York Times, a leading newspaper in the United States provides bestseller lists in their The New York Times Book Review. These lists are very influential in what is read by a large number of ...
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How does a book become “an American classic”? [closed]

It seems that, in passing, some books are referred to as "an American classic," or "one of the great American classics." This seems like it's a whole subsection of what counts as "classic literature." ...