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Inside Book Publishing

6th Edition

By Giles Clark, Angus Phillips


370 pages

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Now fully revised and updated for its sixth edition, Inside Book Publishing is the classic introduction to the book publishing industry.

Giles Clark and Angus Phillips offer authoritative coverage of all sectors of the industry from commercial fiction and non-fiction to educational publishing and academic journals. They reveal how publishers continue to adapt to a fast-changing and highly interconnected world, in which printed books have proved resilient alongside ebooks and the growth in audio. Major themes are explored, including the development of digital products and the use of social media in book marketing; and those that affect publishers’ businesses such as the rise of internet retailing, rental models for student textbooks, and open access where academic content is free to the user. Case studies from industry experts give fascinating perspectives on topics such as crowdfunding, self-publishing and how authors can market themselves. The book provides excellent overviews of the main aspects of the publishing process: commissioning authors, product development, design and production, marketing, sales and distribution.

As a manual for those in the profession and a guide for the potential publishers of the future, Inside Book Publishing remains a seminal work for anyone with an interest in the industry. It will also be of interest to authors seeking an insider’s view of this exciting industry.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction – publishing trends and digital transformations
  2. The development of modern trade publishing
  3. Publishing for educational, academic and professional markets
  4. The characteristics of the main publishing sectors
  5. Creating and protecting value in publishing
  6. The author
  7. Commissioning
  8. The author contract and editorial development
  9. Design and production
  10. Marketing and publicity
  11. Sales and distribution
  12. Rights Sales
  13. The sales channels for books in the UK 
  14. Getting into publishing

About the Authors

Giles Clark was formerly Co-Publishing Adviser at The Open University, UK.

Angus Phillips is Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies