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Publishing Vocabulary

copyright © n. exclusive legal right of an author to control the publication of his or her work - also v.
Do writers have to register copyright to prevent unauthorized publication?
author n. the writer of a book, play, essay, article etc
We've invited authors from all over the world to attend this year's book festival.
bind v. [bound, bound] to fix pages of a book together after printing - binding n.
If a book isn't bound properly, the pages might start falling out after a while.
blurb n. short, promotional description of a book usually printed on the cover or dust jacket
The blurb says it's about the murder of a famous Hollywood movie star.
chapter n. one of the main divisions or sections of a book
Just let me finish this chapter, and then I'll be with you.
contents n. a list near the front of a book or magazine showing all the sections or chapters it contains - also table of contents
There should be a page near the front that lists the book's contents.
desktop publishing n. the use of page layout software to design and produce printed publications and/or online content - also DTP abbr.
All you need to start a desktop publishing business is a computer and some DTP software.
e-book n. a book published in digital form that can be read on an e-reader or other electronic device with a suitable display - also electronic book or eBook
It took me a while to get used to reading e-books, but I really love them now.
edit v. to check, modify and generally prepare written material for publication - editor n.
Even famous writers have to let an editor edit their work before it's published.
e-publishing n. the business of publishing online or in digital formats, incl. online newspapers & magazines, e-books & e-journals etc - also electronic publishing or digital publishing
New profit sources in e-publishing include political e-mail and social media campaigns, data harvesting and selling, and so on.
e-reader n. a mobile device for reading any of the e-books and other digital publications stored in it - also e-book reader or e-book device
My first e-reader had a built-in dictionary for checking new words while reading.
fiction n. stories about imaginary events and people - fictional adj. - see non-fiction
After retiring from the police force, Walter became a successful writer of detective fiction.
font n. a set of letters and numbers in a particular style used for printing text or displaying it on a screen - also typeface n.
Which font will you use? Times New Roman or another one?
front cover n. the front of a book or magazine on which the title is usually printed
Romance novels with a beautiful young couple on the front cover always sell better.
hardback n. a book with hard, stiff covers made of board - also adj.
Compared to paperback and digital editions, hardbacks are really expensive.
index n. an alphabetical list at the back of a book showing names, places, topics etc and the pages on which they're mentioned - also v.
Non-fiction books usually have an index, but novels and other works of fiction don't.
inside front cover n. front flap of the book's jacket, sometimes carrying the blurb - IFC abbr.
Is there anything on the inside front cover?
jacket n. the protective paper cover supplied with most hardbacks - also dust jacket n.
The book's colourful jacket made it stand out in stores.
non-fiction n. informative writing about the real world, real events or real people [eg: science, history, biography etc] - also adj. - see fiction
If a book's about the science of climate change it's non-fiction, but if it's a novel about climate change it's fiction.
paperback n. a book with soft, flexible covers made of paper or card - also adj.
Paperbacks are lighter than hardbacks and easier to carry when you're travelling.
spine n. the long, narrow part of a book's cover that pages are fixed to and that faces outward from a shelf
The spine's got the title and the author's name on it, but shouldn't it also have the publisher's logo?
title n. the name of a book, chapter, poem, song, film etc
A book sells more copies if its title is catchy and easy to remember.
title page n. the page of a book (often the third) that carries the title in large type
Does a title page have anything on it besides the book's title?
typeset v. [-set, -set] to put type [i.e. letters, numbers, symbols etc] in the right order before printing a text - also adj.
Printed text used to be typeset by hand, but these days most publishers and printing companies use typesetting software instead.