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Book Printing in Academic and Professional Field
Origin:Image Printing  Data: 3/18/2011  Keywords: book printing field

This book printing field includes all kinds of books used in academic institutions for teaching and research and by practitioners in the workplace, which includes edited volumes, reference works, conference proceedings, and the publication of academic monographs of original research published in hardback at high prices and destined for the libraries mainly in the UK and US, and in other research centers.

Books with some trade sale may be taken as academic trade. Since 1980s, the economic viability of publishing monographs has been questioned. Library cutbacks and their changing purchasing behaviour, such as the switching of printed book budgets to the subscription of journals and other electronic resources, has progressively reduced sales quantities to very low numbers. Some of the commercial academic publishers have now abandoned monograph publishing. However, the remaining publishers have maintained their publication by reducing the costs of production. The advent of print on demand (POD) which enables even single copies to be manufactured economically, and the advent of online ebook collections has aided the continuance of the publication of highly specialist titles. UK university libraries purchase books through the library suppliers such as Blackwell, Coutts and Dawsons.

While the uptake of ebooks has been slow in consumer markets, academic librarians have been keen to extend their collections by offering ebooks to their users: academics and students. In the UK, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) has been influential in facilitating uptake. For librarians facing cuts or static funding by their institutions, ebooks save shelving, storage and maintenance costs; and ebook services can be paid for out of budgets for digital resources. Ebook collections are licensed to institutional libraries by the academic and STM publishers either directly from their own platforms or through intermediaries. New companies have arisen, such as OCLC NetLibrary, ebrary and Questia, and existing library suppliers have reinvented themselves such as Coutts, owned by the major US wholesaler Ingram. They are sometimes called content aggregators. Generally speaking, the publishers license a selection of their specialist titles, usually backlist academic, STM and professional titles (not major textbooks), to the aggregators, which in turn create ebook libraries or collections which are licensed to libraries on a subscription basis. Generally speaking the larger the institution in terms of staff and student numbers the higher its subscription. Users gain free access to the ebook collection via the library, protected by the institution's password access.

The international standard book number (ISBN) is a worldwide identification system, which has been in use since the late 60s. There is a different ISBN for each edition and each binding of every book so the number's use avoids errors in identifying the books ordered, shipped, received, etc. Book printing company is finding that with the increased use of computers in the book industry, this system has become an essential element in the distribution of their books. Contact the International Standard Book Numbering Agency for ISBN numbers. The cost of the ISBN numbers varies depending on how many numbers you want. The ISBN people will send you a card bearing your ISBN publisher identifier and a log book sheet with enough room for listing each edition. Once you are in the system, you will assign each of your new titles an ISBN suffix yourself. You do not have to start at the beginning of the log; the only requirement is that you assign a different ISBN to each edition of each book: softcover, hardcover, audiotape, downloadable, CD, etc. If you use the first number on the log book sheet, the "0" at the end of the string will tip off those in the industry that this is a first book.

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