The Timeline of a Book

Books go through a series of steps to get from the initial idea to their final printed form. Here’s an overview of how a title would be managed from start to finish. This is based on a title in academic publishing, but trade publishing works similarly.

Publishing contracts

Clark’s publishing agreement is the bible for putting together an author contract. Contracts protect both the publisher and the author. Publisher issues and determines the terms of contract because they take financial  risk (unless you’re Stephen King and have more say). The author provides expertise, an index (in academic publishing), and the material. There is a…

Libraries and DDA (Demand Driven Acquisition)

What is it? Demand Driven Acquisitions (DDA)* programs allow libraries to make eBooks discoverable to their patrons prior to purchasing. A title is triggered for purchase via significant use by patrons as defined by the library. (Source) To find out more read about DDA here and here. DDA is good for librarians and its patrons (there aren’t necessarily…

Academic publishing, a few facts

Academic publishers sell monographs and textbooks. They usually sell monographs for £75  with print run of 2-300, but this may no longer be a viable financial model. Reasons to continue printing monographs might be: cheaper printing costs with print-on-demand (POD), going digital , selling chapter by chapter online, etc. They have to sell monographs in hardback to…