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The "Guardian" Dictionary of Publishing and Printing (Dictionary of Publishing & Printing) [Paperback]

A & C Black Publishers Ltd
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31 May 2006 0713675896 978-0713675894 3rd Revised edition
This fully revised edition includes over 8,000 words, expressions and terminology relating to the publishing and printing industries and allied trades. Topics covered are papermaking, ink, printing and binding machinery, bookselling, typesetting, desktop publishing and design, copyright, editing, commissioning, contracts, rights and electronic publishing. Definitions are given in clear, simple English, meaning that this dictionary is perfect for anyone wanting comprehensive information at their fingertips.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (31 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713675896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713675894
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,048,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A mine of clearly presented information... a useful book to have
around.' -- SLA, Winter 2006

'A very workmanlike little dictionary... Definitions are concise
and accurate... Very useful.' -- Reference Reviews, May/June 2007

'This is just the dictionary you need to find your way around the
business.' -- Writing Magazine, October 2006

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why the books on the cover? 23 Sep 2008
This could have been a great little book. 8,000 entries - how can that not be useful? Here's how.

First there's the shoddy, vague definitions. Assume I don't know what HTML means. I look it up:

'a series of special codes that define the typeface and style that should be used when displaying the text'

What text? Where? What are these 'special codes' and are they really in a series? With half of the entries you'll be more confused than you were before.

The vast majority of terms, however, just treat you like an imbecile. 'Finished; adjective; having been completed'. Er, yeah... I can't tell you how many times I've been caught out by that one. And don't get me started on how this 'dictionary' just defers meaning, like it did just then.

And then there is the plain dubious. 'Editorial department: a department in a publishing company which deals with the in-house editing of books'. That's not really what the editorial department spends most of its time doing, is it? No mention of acquisitions, contracts, author schedules? The definitions of the terms you know will shake your faith in this book to the degree that you'll never be able to trust the definitions of those you don't.

Despite the stack of books on the cover, this is really a dictionary of newspaper printing (for idiots) that will in fact mislead any would-be book publishers. Avoid like a misery memoir (and if you don't know what that is, I'm afraid this book doesn't either).
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