Book Publishers Day is on January 16 every year. It is a day set aside to celebrate book publishers worldwide. Have you ever wondered how ideas get from the authors’ minds until they manifest into books that end up in the hands of readers all over the globe? These amazing people make it possible, and it is only proper that we have a special day to celebrate them!
History of Book Publishers Day
Publishing became possible with the invention of writing, and book publishers have been around for that long! Before the printing press, scribes would sit down and hand copy the works of other authors. However, the printing press introduced by Johannes Gutenberg sparked a new age of book publishing. The printing press gave a new tool to book publishers, and books started to get widely distributed.
The Chinese inventor Bi Sheng made a moveable type of earthenware circa 1045, but there are no known surviving examples of his work. The Korean civil servant Choe Yun-ui who lived during the Goryeo Dynasty invented the first metal moveable type around 1234. Early printed books, single sheets, and images were before 1501 in Europe these were known as ‘incunables’ or ‘incunabula.’
Traditional book publishers are selective about what they publish. They did not accept manuscripts straight from the authors, instead got a proposal of the manuscript then decided if they wanted to take on the job or otherwise. Book publishers buy or commission copy from independent authors; newspaper publishers, by contrast, usually hire staff to produce texts or employ freelance journalists. Magazine publishers may employ in-house writers and freelancers or have a mixture of both.
The publishing sector extends to governments, civil society, and private companies for administrative or compliance requirements, business, research, advocacy, or public interest objectives. These can include annual reports, research reports, market research, policy briefings, and technical reports.
Book Publishers Day timeline
Johannes Gutenberg invents the mechanical moveable-type printing press.
The history of modern newspaper publishing starts in Germany.
The use of printing presses for publishing magazines begins.
Missionaries bring printing presses to sub-Saharan Africa — Cairo.
Book Publishers Day FAQs
At what age can one publish a book?
Anyone can write and publish books, regardless of age. So, as long as you’re mature and skilled enough, you can create and publish books of your own.
What is the cheapest way to publish a book?
Making use of digital tools to publish an ebook is the cheapest way to self-publish a book, and some tech-savvy authors do the entire process on their own for free.
How difficult is it to get a book published?
Publishing a book may be difficult and time-consuming because the publisher must first get a suitable author whose book will be marketable. The next step is the two parties should agree on profit sharing. However, with a right and experienced author, it shouldn’t be too hard.
How to Celebrate Book Publishers Day
Self-publish a book
With the advent of digital devices, publishing a book isn’t as arduous as before. Go ahead, and publish that poem, article, or book you’ve always wanted to, using available internet platforms.
Appreciate a publisher
Do you know any publishers in your neighborhood or at some distant place? It is a perfect day to visit them, make a call, send a text or buy them a gift to appreciate them for the work they do.
Enlighten others on the value of publishers
Maybe not many people understand the effort and amount of work it takes to publish a book and make it available. Honor this day by highlighting to those that are clueless about the process, so they can see just how valuable publishers are.
5 Facts About Publishing That Will Amaze You
It can be long and arduous
The process includes creation, acquisition, copy editing, production, printing, marketing, and distribution.
Publishers vary from one another
There are four types of publishers in book publishing, namely, commercial publishers, self-publishers, vanity presses, and hybrid publishers.
It occupies a large global financial spot
The global book publishing industry accounts for over $100 billion of annual revenue or about 15% of the media industry.
It can be super detailed
Some of the major publishers have entire divisions devoted to a single franchise.
It has as a specialized arm
Directory publishing is a specialized genre within the publishing industry where publishers produce mailing lists, telephone books, and other directories.
Why We Love Book Publishers Day
It highlights the value of publishers
Without a book publisher, many authors would be unable to get their stories out there for people to read. This day shows us just how vital the roles publishers play in our world are.
It helps us appreciate books more
Understanding the arduous process it takes to make books available to us; will breed in us the value of books. It helps us treat books with the appreciation they deserve.
It connects us with others
This day provides a platform for various book lovers to come together in celebration of publishers. Through this, relationships are cemented between like-minded people, and ideas are shared.
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