Ranjan K Baruah
It is said that books are our best friends. A book gives us information and also confidence and it motivates us. In simple, a book is a set of sheets of paper, parchment, or similar materials that are fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is a leaf, and each side of a leaf is a page. Writing or images can be printed or drawn on a book’s pages. An electronic image that is formatted to resemble a book on a computer screen, smart phone or e-reader device is known as an electronic book or e-book. Books are important in our life and just think what career may be associated with books. Well, one career is none other than book publishing.
Publishing includes many other products apart from books. It is a process of distribution of information to the public in the form of books, literature, newspaper, periodicals, magazines and other areas. The profession is associated with printing and retailing of printed matters. Publishing industry has its own set of parameters and is mainly divided into editorial, designing, production, printing, advertising, publicity and marketing. With the advent of digital developments, books, magazines and papers, are being published electronically as e-books or e-papers. In this section we are more focusing on book publishing.
Book publishing has been a traditional career. There are many leading publication houses which are associated with publication of books. With the advancement of technology and internet now there are soft versions of books which are called as e books. A career in the field of publishing is becoming more and more promising, challenging and thrilling with the expansion of new delivery channels.
Any graduate may take up the career of book publishing. But it is always preferable to have some special training or diploma courses to be successful in this field. Traditionally, there are few publishing houses but now there are many publishing houses associated with book publishing. Several institutes and universities in India are offering Degree, Diploma, PG Diploma and Certificate level courses in book publishing. One may be in the creative and design team and some may associated with the technical aspect of publications.
Ranjan K Baruah