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The Prelims and End-matter to Copy-editing for Book Printing Jobs
Origin:Image Printing  Data: 4/5/2011  Keywords: book printing projects, Prelims and End-matter, Copy-editing

In most book printing projects, the editor usually drafts the preliminary material prelims or front matter in the first few pages of the book. These include the pages giving the book title and author, the name of the publishing house, the copyright notice, and the International Standard Book Number (ISBN). Other pages are the contents page, list of illustrations, and acknowledgements. The author writes a Preface; a third party provides a Foreword. The cataloguing in publication (CIP) data (supplied by the British Library and Library of Congress) has to be applied for. The usual order of the prelim pages is as follows, with variations according to the book. A right-hand facing page is called a recto; a left-hand facing page a verso. Recto pages are visually more important.

Half-title page (recto) means the main title without the subtitle and name, it is often blank, or a list of previous works. Title page (recto) means full title and the name of author with the imprint of publisher. Title verso means copyright page with the publication history and ISBN. The other prelim pages follow. These include the dedication, acknowledgements, preface, contents page, and the list of illustrations. The prelim pages are paginated using roman numbers, switching to Arabic numerals for the introduction or the first chapter. The advantage of this system is that changes can be made to the prelims at proof stage without affecting the main pagination (which could have knock-on effects for the index). If pages need to be saved to achieve a set extent, the prelim pages can be adjusted. The pages at the end of the book, or end-matter, can include appendices, notes, bibliography and the index.

Copy editing is the work that an editor does to improve the formatting, style and accuracy of text. Unlike general editing, copy editing might not involve changing the substance of the text. Copy refers to written or typewritten text for typesetting, printing, or publication. Copy editing is done before both typesetting and proofreading, the latter of which is the last step in the editorial cycle. In the United States and Canada, an editor who does this work is called a copy editor, and an organization's highest-ranking copy editor, or the supervising editor of a group of copy editors, may be known as the copy chief, copy desk chief, or news editor. Inbook publishing in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world that follow UK nomenclature, the term copy editor is used, but innewspaper and magazine publishing, the term is sub-editor commonly shortened to sub. The senior sub-editor on a title is frequently called the chief sub-editor. As the sub prefix suggests, U.K. copy editors typically have less authority than regular editors. The term copy editor may also be spelled as one word or in hyphenated form. The hyphenated form is especially common in the UK; in the U.S. newspaper field, using the two word form is more common book printing services.

Typically, copy editing involves correcting spelling, punctuation, grammar, terminology, jargon, and semantics, and ensuring that the text adheres to the publisher's style or an external style guide, such as the Chicago Manual of Style or the Associated Press Stylebook. Copy editors may shorten the text, to improve it or to fit length limits. This is particularly so in periodical publishing, where copy must be cut to fit a particular layout, and the text changed to ensure there are no short lines. Copy editors are also responsible for adding any "display copy," such as headlines, standardized headers and footers, andphoto captions. And, although proofreading is a distinct task from copy editing, frequently it is one performed by copy editors. Copy editors are expected to ensure that the text flows, that it is sensible, fair, and accurate, and that any legal problems have been addressed. If a passage is unclear or an assertion seems questionable, the copy editor may ask the writer to clarify it. Sometimes, the copy editor is the only person, other than the writer, to read an entire text before publication, and for this reason newspaper copy editors are considered the publication's last line of defense.

The role of the copy editor varies considerably from one publication to another. Some newspaper copy editors select stories fromwire service copy; others use desktop publishing software to do design and layout work that once was the province of design and production specialists. Traditionally, the copy editor would read a printed or written manuscript, manually marking it with editor's correction marks.

Today, the manuscript is more often read on a computer display and text corrections are entered directly. The nearly-universal adoption of computerised systems for editing and layout in newspapers and magazines has also led copy editors to become more involved in design and the technicalities of production. Technical knowledge is therefore sometimes considered as important as writing ability, though this is more true in journalism than it is in book publishing. With the transformation of journalism in recent years, some news organizations are lowering the emphasis on editing, though at the expense of copy quality. Hank Glamann, co-founder of the American Copy Editors Society, made the following observation about ads for copy editor positions at American newspapers. We want them to be skilled grammarians and wordsmiths and write bright and engaging headlines and must know Quark. But, often, when push comes to shove, we will let every single one of those requirements slide except the last one, because you have to know that in order to push the button at the appointed time.

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