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Samuel Fischer, who founded the S. Fischer Verlag in 1886 was also Jewish. After his death in 1934, his son-in-law Gottfried Bermann Fischer took over management of the publishing house, but in 1936 he left Germany with Samuel Fischer's widow. They first went to Vienna, taking part of the catalogue with them, and there continued publishing under the name &...


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The information points to a separation of the jobs of publisher/retailer on the one hand and the techical work of printing on the other. For a long time after the invention of the printing press, the same person could be both printer and bookseller. William Caxton, who probably brought the printing press to England, not only printed and sold book, but also ...


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In my experience, having worked in-house in the publishing industry for more than 10 years, it is quite usual for the cover to be decided by anyone other than the author. It's usually done through consultations in long meetings between the publisher, production and marketing who have commissioned designers to make about a zillion options. I imagine once ...


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The noted science fiction author Samuel Delany has a lengthy discussion of the canonization process in his book About Writing. His conclusions are: While there is a definite relationship between canonization and quality, canonization is socially constructed, mutable, and often affected by incidentals not directly related to the work's quality, including ...


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The New York Times (thereafter NYT) has a pretty detailed explanation of their methodology. First, the list does talk about retail sales (which is rather good news, but is not the case in other industries such as video games). Those figures are measured from a panel on which NYT does not say much, except that it's confidential and should be trusted, and is ...


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Unlike, say, Dover Editions which are photoreproductions of public domain texts, the Barnes & Noble classic editions are, in fact, newly typeset texts. They don't give any attribution to their source text on the copyright page and are probably not working from Project Gutenberg texts which can often include OCR errors, especially in longer/more obscure ...


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Italo Calvino's "Why read the Classics" (2000) Italo Calvino lists 14 "definitions" of a classic Although (As mentioned in the comments) although the viewpoint of Italo Calvino is quite abstract and possibly intentionally ambiguous, I believe it gives a good initial idea of just the difficulty in describing a "classic". Another ...


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Your question "How can I find information about the editions of a book?" has no simple general answer. There is a whole field of learning devoted to it: "bibliography". Basic questions in that field are: what are the various editions of such and such a book, where and when did they appear, what are the relationships between them, what are the differences ...


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The reason for some newly-published books being available on paper but not digitally is that the author can refuse to publish it as an e-book. For example, when Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was published in 2005, J. K. Rowling was refusing e-book versions for the Harry Potter books: J.K. Rowling has not permitted any of the six Potter books to ...


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In order for an author to participate in KDP Select, the book must be offered in electronic format only on Amazon, though it can be offered in other forms in other venues.


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As the page Court Order to Block Access from Germany explains, the blocking has to do with differences between the EU and the USA related to the rules governing copyright: in Germany, copyright lasts until 70 years after the author's death; in the USA, for works published before 1978 "the maximum copyright duration is 95 years from the date of ...


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I've worked in the publishing industry for over 15 years, and in my experience, authors have a lot of control over the covers of their books. The publisher would find a suitable illustrator, and then we would set up a meeting between the author and the illustrator where they discussed their ideas for the cover. The author didn't have final say over the cover,...


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"Printed for" mean "printed for some booksleller or several booksellers". In this particular case, "Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown" are actually one bookseller, not several: Longman had three sons. Of these, Thomas Norton Longman (1771–1842) succeeded to the business. In 1804 two more partners were admitted, and the ...


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Taking your example of the Harry Potter audiobooks, I looked at the prices directly from the publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing. I compared the length of the paperbacks to the cost of the audiobooks, and it turned out that the trend was almost perfectly matching. If we take the length of the first book as 1, and the price also as 1, and measure relative to ...


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I can think of a couple of reasons why a web comic might become published: A single, physical, consolidated book is easier to read, rather than going from page to page to read a panel. It's also easier to take to different places to enjoy, rather than having a desktop screen or laptop (old-school e-readers wouldn't handle this material well while newer ...


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There is no central repository for total sales numbers for books, so any composite list will be by approximation only. Their approaches, content and methods all differ and they make interesting reading. It is important to consider the source and to interpret with great care. Most aim at recent sales and historic figures, if present at all often are all but ...


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The earliest English types by William Caxton were blackletter types, but the fact that most early printed material in England was written in Latin led to the adoption of Roman types for English typesetting pretty soon after. No serious effort at reintroducing blackletter types for English was contemplated until the nineteenth century when William Morris had ...


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Which edition? The 1862 and 1868 John Murray editions are not set in Fraktur. In general Blackletter (the English word for Fraktur) was not used for setting connected prose, but occasionally for decorative purposes, such as on title pages and in chapter headings, and so on.


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I would not recommend the Barnes and Noble editions. To establish a sound version of a text, a good text editor or a reliable translator are essential. B & N does not use either of these, simply reprinting public domain texts and translations instead. This makes their books inexpensive but their texts unreliable. A text editor looks at all the early ...


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Adaptations by nature leave out incidents and nuance, as well as rearrange the order of events in the original. The only principle seems to be to make the adaptation as appealing to the target audience as possible, while staying as close to the spirit of the original as is compatible with that goal. This principle is not very different from what one sees ...


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There has been speculation that the design of the Gutenberg press may have been inspired by the binder's nipping press since the codex form was well-established before the arrival of Gutenberg's press.


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To be honest, if there isn't some sort of gatekeeper - bookstore owner, professional reviewer, etc., then the pool of books you're looking at is always going to contain books of more variable quality than those that have passed through some sort of gate. One thing you can do is look for other types of hurdles that generally mean books on the other side ...


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