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International Book Publishing: An Encyclopedia


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First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Sandy Whiteley
American book publishing is a relatively small industry, with revenues only 13 percent larger than the video-rental business, but it is of special interest to librarians. The first half of this encyclopedia has articles on U.S. publishing and some general topics such as "International Copyright" and" The Societal Context of Book Publishing". Special areas such as children's, feminist, reference, and university-press publishing are treated. "Education for Publishing", "The Paperback", and "Libraries and Publishers" are among other topics covered. The second half of the volume is arranged by regions of the world and contains articles on publishing in 26 countries, plus such survey articles as "Francophone Africa". These articles are not in any standard format but often touch on government relations, literacy, imports and exports, copyright, distribution, and authorship. Some of these entries have statistical tables In both parts of the book, the lengthy articles are signed, and many of the authors are well known in the field John Dessauer, Bernie Rath, John Tebbel, Nat Bodian. Most close with notes and/or a select bibliography. Statistical tables appear in such entries as "Book Marketing in the United States" and "Mergers and Acquisitions". Appendixes include tables of world book production, production by language, children's-book production, and school-textbook production for 197090. A detailed index concludes the book It's ironic that so little has been published in book form about book publishing. This fascinating overview of the industry will be of interest to librarians and other book people.
A comprehensive international reference that surveys the book publishing industry through analytic essays by experts and scholars on publishing from the research community and practitioners who are involved in the various aspects of publishing. The first part deals with such broad topics as textbook publishing, copyright protection, new technologies, multinational publishers, scholarly publishing, scientific publishing, and publishing in the Third World. The second part surveys the industry in 29 regions and countries, and discusses how developments in the evolving economies of Eastern Europe, the EC, Southeast Asia, and other parts of the world have an impact on publishing worldwide. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Book Marketing in the United States 2
Bookselling in the United States 16
Children's Publishing 20
College Textbook Publishing in the United States 32
Copyright in the United States 44
Designers and Manufacturers 52
The Economics of Book Publishing in Developing Countries 71
The Economics of the Publishing Project 80
Editors 89
Education for Publishing 96
Electronic Publishing: New Technologies and Publishing 108
Feminist Publishing 130
Freedom of the Press and Censorship 138
The History of Book Publishing in the United States 147
The History of International Book Publishing 156
International Book Production Statistics 163
International Copyright 186
International Donor Agencies and Book Development 200
International Scholarly Publishing 210
Libraries and Publishers 215
The Marketing of Scientific Technical, and Medical Books 222
Mergers and Acquisitions in the U.S. Book Industry, 1960-89 229
Multinational Publishing 242
National Book Development Planning 252
The Paperback: Image and Object 262
Publishing and the Intellectual System 271
Publishing in the Third World: Issues and Trends for the Twenty-first Century 278
Reference Publishing 295
Scholarly Book Publishing in the 1990s 303
School Textbook Publishing 313
The Small Press Today and Yesterday 941-322
The Societal Context of Book Publishing 331
A Statistical Perspective on U.S. Book Publishing 341
University Press Publishing 354
Publishing in Africa 366
Francophone Africa 373
Kenya 384
Nigeria 396
South Africa 415
An Asian Overview 424
Bangladesh 430
Burma, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos 437
China 447
India 461
Indonesia 475
Japan 487
The Philippines 499
Southeast Asia 512
Taiwan and Hong Kong 518
Thailand 521
Central and Eastern Europe 531
France 538
Germany 547
Russia and the Former USSR 559
The United Kingdom 565
Latin America 575
Argentina 585
Brazil 590
Mexico: A Note 600
The Arab World 604
Egypt 607
Israel 618
Canada 622
The United States 631
Appendix: Book Production by Geographic Region and Country, 1970-90 641
List of Countries Represented in the Appendix, Arranged by Geographic Region 643
Tables 645
Index 705
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