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Features of Publication

A publication refers to the act of making a written content publicly known. It is commonly used for the distribution of text or images on paper, or to the posting of content on a website or any writing of which copies are published for distribution to the general public with the consent of the author. Publication is also regarded as a technical term in legal contexts, primarily crucial in copyright legislation. Publication involves the reproduction of a work in material form which can be read or otherwise visually perceived, and which can generally be distributed to the public.

An author of any written work is generally the initial owner of the copyright on the work. The copyright granted to the author of a work usually has the exclusive right to publish the work. The right to publish a work is an exclusive right of the copyright owner and any violating of this right leads to a copyright infringement.

The most common forms of publications include books, periodicals, magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, annual reports, product catalogues, newsletters, journals, etc. However, with the advent of computers and the internet, the whole meaning of publishing has changed as it has lowered the cost, and made it possible for a larger number of people to publish, through both desktop publishing and internet publishing.

There are certain important things to remember in the entire process of publishing. One of the most important and expensive part of publishing is printing and so it very important to make the most efficient and economic use of the printing method being used. One should also be completely familiar with the content of the publication; hence it becomes important to read the text carefully to make sure it satisfactorily covers the topics. Try to have every text element carefully reviewed by a competent editor. Also, in order to avoid difficult, inefficient, and expensive corrections later on, make all revisions to the manuscript before you start the printing. It is especially important to consider for text type. One should keep the type of the publication simple, clean, and easy to read, as using a typeface that is too decorative, can irritate your readers eyes.

A good publication calls for a fine-written text, appropriate illustrations, creative design and layout, careful typography, and good-quality printing and binding. At each step of publishing the creative ideas of the author, publisher, editor, designer, marketing and sales person is important, whether you’re producing a book, booklet, magazine, or newspaper. Each person is important in the creative process.

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