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Glossary

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Packager

A company that creates a finished book for a publisher.

Page Foundry

A digital content sales platform for tablets and devices that booksellers, publishers, authors and retailers can customise, enabling them to launch their own e-book store using their own branding.

Paperback

A book bound with a flexible paper or card covering.

PDF

Portable Document Format files are portable across computer platforms, software and operating systems. They provide a standard digital form for storing documents with formatting and images. Most e-readers support PDF files.

Perfect binding

A glue/adhesive-based binding for attaching the pages to the spine of the cover.

Permissions

Clearing permission from the copyright holder to re-use, in a book, material such as images, illustrations or text that were originally published in another book.

Pinterest

A content sharing service where users can place or 'pin' images or videos onto their 'pinboard' page; they can create, share and manage theme-based image collections that others can view and follow.

POD

See Print-on-Demand

Pre-press

Before the book is printed.

Prelims

Introductory pages which precede the main text itself, including a title page, copyright page, preface or foreword.

Press release

A statement that is distributed to the media announcing upcoming book launches and events, so that the book or event may be referred to in articles or reviews.

Print-on-demand (POD)

The facility to print and bind books at short notice without the need for a large print run, using digital technology. When an order comes through, a digital file of the book can be printed automatically and individually.

Printing

The act of text being transferred onto the page in full colour or black and white, normally using digital technology.

Promotional materials

These outline the highlights of the content of a book and its layout. They can include a BLAD (Book Layout and Design), an Advance Information Sheet or blurb which acts as a pre-publication preview to generate interest among retailers, reviewers and potential readers.

Proofreader

Someone employed to carry out proofreading.

Proofreading

Reading texts to check for errors, the consistency of typeset page presentation and to mark up corrections.

Publicist

A person who generates and manages media and public attention for a book, through writing press releases, arranging events, book signings, author interviews and book reviews.

Publicity

Involves generating media and public awareness and interest in a book through press releases, book signings, launches and events, book reviews and mailings, and television and radio interviews with the author.

Publicity campaign

Designed to attract media and public interest in a new book through press releases, social media, television, radio and events.