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    Giles Clark(Author) Angus Phillips(Author)

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How do publishers work and make money? Why do they exist?

This expanded and thoroughly revised fourth edition of Inside Book Publishing is designed for students of publishing, authors needing to find out publishing secrets, and those wanting to get in or get on in the industry. It addresses the big issues – globalization of publishing, the impact of the internet – and explains publishing from the author contract to the bookshop shelf.

It covers:

  • how the present industry has evolved
  • publishing functions – editorial, design and production, marketing, sales and distribution, and rights
  • the role of the author
  • copyright and contracts
  • the sales channels for books in the UK, from the high street to ebooks
  • getting a job in publishing.

It features:

  • topic boxes written by expert contributors
  • a glossary of publishing terms
  • suggestions for further reading
  • a directory of publishing organizations
  • a Companion Website at:

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Printable? Yes

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  • By Nicholas W. N. Jones on 2 October 2008

    I must declare my interest - I was part of the (UK) Society of Young Publishers committee which started this ball rolling back in 1979. We saw a need for an introduction to the industry; we planned a mere booklet summarising it as it then was, but Giles Clark - also on the committee - took up the opportunity to make it something vastly more comprehensive and therefore useful. No longer involved in subsequent editions (except as a specialist contributor for a one-page panel in in this last edition), I have watched the project develop into an amazingly comprehensive work which is now the definitive textbook for any publishing course, and an invaluable source of ideas, information and inspiration for those about to join or in the early years in the industry. Some of the third edition was rather dense reading, I would agree, but this fourth has not only brought the coverage of the industry right up to date with e-books, POD, etc., but a comprehensive rewrite and redesign has made it approachable and entertaining as well as highly informative. No one embarking on a career in publishing should fail to read it - and even those with a few years' experience will find useful things in it.To those wondering how it relates to another book for would-be entrants to the industry, Alison Baverstock et al.'s How To Get a Job in Publishing, I would say that they are quite different things - get both (and see my review of that on its page).

  • By I. D. Brown on 30 January 2001

    This book is recognised by the UK publishing industry as an essential information source. It is a Recommended Text on most UK publishing courses, as well as used by the industry's lead training body, the Publishing Training Centre...

  • By dali on 21 July 2008

    Very informative publication though I agree with Mr J. Ward's remark about Clark's writing style. I too found it quite difficult to read for that particular reason!

  • By lizzibeth on 27 May 2011

    There's a reason this book is on publishing MA course lists. It's the most comprehensive and in-depth look at the publishing industry I've found and my copy is now very dog-eared through overuse. A must if you're trying to get a job in the bookworld.

  • By Nicola on 15 February 2014

    Now, by 2014, the book is so out of date as to be virtually useless. There is little to no mention of the world of ebooks publishing and the changed landscape of the last few years. I suspect that even in 2008 this would have been a serious flaw - today it is not acceptable anymore

  • By Lydia Spurr on 30 November 2013

    A fascinating introduction into the world of publishing, well worth reading for anyone looking to know more about the business.

  • By CEH on 8 June 2016

    Very useful reading. I have been dipping in and out and now have a much better understanding of the industry.

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