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 [textual-history] tag.

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Why would one of Germany's leading publishers publish a novel by Jewish writer Stefan Zweig in 1939?

I am reading the Penguin Edition of Impatience of the Heart by Stefan Zweig - also known as Beware of Pity in other translations. The reverse of the title page states that the book was first published ...
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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 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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How does a book become "an American classic"?

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." ...
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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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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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Why does Great Illustrated Classics change details in its abridged versions?

From the Wikipedia article on Great Illustrated Classics: The Great Illustrated Classics series of books offers easy-to-read adaptations of well known classics, featuring large print and ...
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Are Barnes & Noble editions of public domain works of reliable quality?

If I buy a "Barnes & Noble Classics Series" edition of a book that is in public domain, can I be confident that it is "correct," in the sense of being unabridged, un-bowdlerize,...
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How can I find information about the editions of a book?

I estimate that generally the latest edition of a book is preferred unless you're after collection value or if an older version is preferred for some reason, for example due to original cover. In non-...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Are Gutenberg books illegal to sell in Germany?

I am building an eBook reading service (paid) and I aim to distribute free classics available on Gutenberg Project. I have gone through all Gutenberg terms which allows me to do almost anything, but ...
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Why haven't more of Bernard Werber's works been translated?

Empire of the Ants is a translation of the first in a trilogy of books "Les Fourmis" by Bernard Werber. Quoting the Wikipedia article: Les Fourmis (English: The Ants) is a 1991 science ...
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Which first edition is the "true" first edition of a book?

I've come across books that have multiple first editions that were all published in the same year. For example, the Silmarillion was published in 1977 in a first UK edition, first export edition, and ...
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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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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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Why didn't the publisher advertise "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" more heavily?

Suzanne Collins recently released The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes rather abruptly, without much advertising or announcement, during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic (May 19, 2020). I follow the ...
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Formatting poetry books [closed]

In a book of poetry, should there be uniformity throughout the book in its format? Should every poem be formatted the same way? Can a few poems have hanging indents while others a regular margin? For ...
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Why there are no annotations in Penguin English Library edition of "Moby-Dick"?

I recently bought a copy of Moby-Dick belonging to the Penguin English Library Series. I found that at the end of the book, there are no annotations as other versions of the same book commonly do, ...
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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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How to find out if a translation exists?

Is it possible to find out if a translation exists? Books since 1966 have an ISBN (International Standard Book Number), so a book can be traced to the publisher, and then in theory to the ...
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Why are some recently published book available on paper format but not on ebook?

I recently came across this promising book and while I did find several online shops who sell it as "paperback", I was unable to find an ebook version of it. Even though the website clearly ...
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Use of Fraktur in 19th Century English Print

Context: I live in Germany. I'm fond of shopping for old books at fleamarkets, second-hand-shops, and online. Mostly interested in English 19th century or early 20th century printed books (date of ...
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Are there any scholarly analyses of the covers of Penguin Classics, Oxford Classics, etc.?

This question is about the covers of Penguin Classics, Oxford Classics, and other classics publishers that use details of pre-existing paintings and illustrations for their covers. Certain classics ...
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Why are there differences in the copyright information in various books of the same publisher (Springer)?

I happened to notice that different books published by Springer sometimes have slightly different names listed next to the copyright © symbol. For instance: Mirrors and Reflections by Borovik and ...
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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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Gutenberg's press by different design

Johannes Gutenberg used a wine press to press paper against the metal type. Was this the only technological option available to him or were there any other options available at the time? It just makes ...
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