The Language of Publishing: D, E, F

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October 2012
by Linda Carlson

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This is installment #2 of the Independent’s series on the language of publishing, which began in September. Designed both for old-timers adjusting to the demands of digital publishing and for newcomers mystified by what Joel Friedlander calls the mumbo-jumbo you need to understand when speaking to designers, book manufacturers, wholesalers, and POD specialists, the glossary will also be of use to all of us whenever we have to deal with an author or a customer who needs a translation of traditional publishing terms.

We’ve included some of the terms Friedlander defines in his post “The Language of the Book” at, and some that Pete Masterson covers in his Book Design and Production, as well as terms that industry specialists tell us are frequently misunderstood and jargon that members report being confused by.

The next installment—covering G, H, and I—will appear in the December Independent. After that, the series will continue, probably in alternate months, through Z….IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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