Proofing Books in the Digital Age

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February 2012
by Linda Nix

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The process of proofing a book for publication has become much easier for print books and much harder for e-books. When a print book is ready for press, it’s sent to a printer who processes the files and returns proofs for checking. Press proofs need to be checked to make sure pages are in the correct order, all pages are present, and artwork quality is as it should be. Proofing also provides a last chance to see and correct any typos or other mistakes that slipped through the editorial process.

Many, many years ago, physical artwork was sent to the printer and galley proofs were returned for sign-off before printing. That process involved marking up any changes needed and sending the galleys back to the printer so staff there could make the changes. Sometimes a second set of galleys was sent for proofing.

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