Involves checking and reviewing the content, structure, plot, dialogue, flow, characterisation and clarity of a text.
When features of the book including the cover, interior artwork, images, the page layout and typesetting are decided.
This is often done in textbook publishing. The development editor may help the author to decide on an outline and scope of the book, and suggest to the author ways to improve the structure, presentation and writing style.
When books (often via a distribution company that deals with orders, shipping, revenue and returns) are transported to bookstores; e-books are distributed by online retailers for sale.
An author takes responsibility for their title reaching retail outlets. A number of e-book retailers allow authors to upload their work free of charge.
A detachable paper outer cover that protects the book cover.