FROM THE IDEA TO PRINTING: HOW A BOOK IS MADE

WHAT’S YOUR JOB? AH… YOU PRINT, I GOT IT! NO … YOU SEE … NOT REALLY…

It is always rather difficult to explain the work activities of a publishing graphics company. The general belief is that only publishing houses and printing works exist.

Instead, in between, there is a considerable amount of pre-press tasks (technically also including a part of the printer’s job) to turn an idea into a finished product ready for paper printing or web publishing.

Sometimes these tasks are carried out at the publishing houses, other times by printer works. In most cases, especially with complex books as textbooks for the primary and secondary schools, it is necessary to involve sector specialists (publishing graphics company, freelance graphic designers or graphics firms).

Producing a textbook (or a multi-volume edition or a book series) requires continued interaction of several different professionals; it often lasts long (sometimes even years) and goes through many phases.

This infographic is an overview of the main phases and players in a publishing project; for simplifying purposes, it focusses on layout activities (pre-press) and does not delve into the processes that involve the other figures.

Hence, no, we are not printers, not even a publishing house!

Pre-press activities using dedicated software

Pre-press activities using dedicated software

WHICH IS THE PRODUCTION PROCESS OF A BOOK OR A PUBLICATION?

See this tailor-designed infographic!

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