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Glossary

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Case binding

Where pages are sewn together and cloth-covered hardback boards are attached.

Catalogue databases

A searchable collection of data entries detailing the essential bibliographic information of books.

Co-edition

A book that is published by two different publishing companies. The company that originated the work licenses the second publisher to reprint the book locally or sells the sheets to the second publisher.

Commissioning editor

A person who asks authors to write books for the part of the publisher's list for which they are responsible or takes on an author's proposal directly or through an agent.

Conversion

When a document - such as a manuscript in a word file - is converted into an e-book file, which can be read on e-readers and other digital electronic devices.

Copia

An online social reading platform that allows users to buy books, share notes, start study groups, recommend books and join discussions. It can be downloaded for desktops and devices.

Copy-editing

Checking material for accuracy, clarity of message, writing style and consistency of typeface, punctuation and layout.

Copy-editor

The person that carries out the copy-editing.

Copyright

The legal right of the creator of an original work to control or allow the copying or publication of the work. In the UK, copyright works are protected for 70 years after the author's death.

Coutts

A bibliographic database of over five million entries, cataloguing books and electronic content from publishers and distributors worldwide.

Cover design

What appears on the front and back of a book jacket. It often includes a layout of images, title, author's name, a blurb, and aims to attract and inform readers.

Custom images

Images or photographs that have been created specifically for a book or other project, often by a commissioned graphic designer or photographer.