Book Printing Blog

RSS Grab the Country Press Inc. RSS Feed

Acronyms of Self-Publishing

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, November 19, 2013

One of the first challenges of self-publishing is learning the jargon. Authors who manage their own marketing, distribution, and printing will soon find that there are far more concepts and acronyms they must learn about than if they were working with a traditional publisher.

For self publishers just trying to make sense of the many acronyms involved in self-publishing, here is a basic list of terms any self-publisher should know:

ASIN (Amazon standard identification number) — The unique 10-character block assigned by Amazon to each product on Books with 10-digit ISBNs have an identical ASIN.

DRM (digital rights management) — Technologies or programs used by sellers of digital content, including e-books or audiobooks, to limit its use or prevent copyright infringement. This includes the number of times a product can be downloaded for a single purchase, the number of devices on which it can be accessed, and whether the content can be duplicated or modified.

EPUB (electronic publication) — An open and free e-book format proposed by the International Digital Publishing Forum that allows for the simple re-flow of content for whichever device the reader is using at the time. Files carry the “.epub” file extension.

FTP (file transfer protocol) — Protocol that allows users to copy files from their local system to a network. Authors can transfer using FTP client software such as Fetch or SmartFTP, or cloud-based programs such as YouSendIt.

HTML 5 (hypertext markup language 5) — The latest revision of the markup language used to create web pages and other information viewed on a web browser. This revision offers new features such as embedding graphics, audio, video, and interactive documents.

ISBN (international standard book number) — The unique identifier barcode given to each book/format combination. It can be either 10 characters or (for books published in 2007 or later) 13 characters. The number is provided by the ISBN agency of each author’s home country.

ONIX (online information exchange) — The international standard for capturing bibliographic information — including title, author, and publication details — for books. Retailers, distributors, wholesalers, and publishers use it to communicate information about titles.

PDF (portable document format) — A file format that allows for documents to be viewed and printed the same way, regardless of the application or device used. It is often used for e-books and for transferring files to be printed to create hard copies.

POD (print on demand) — A printing technology in which physical copies of books are not produced until an order is received. This reduces the need for inventories of books to be kept on hand and a lower overhead cost to self-published authors.

For more information on self-publishing, contact The Country Press.

Publishers Weekly

Recent Posts


bound galley books print on demand, MA publishers, MA Kodak digital printer print on demand books, MA perfect binding method short run book printers, MA short run printing, Boston short run printers, MA annual and periodic recurring report printing short run prints, MA Manual printing services in Boston, MA editors for self-publishing advance copies of books, MA Soft cover perfect bound books Country Press Printing, Inc cookbooks The Country Press’ digital printing services government printing services advanced copy book printing full service publishing magazine binding services advantages of self publishing bound galley printing book printing for self-publishers benefits of short run printing, MA publishing self publishing, Boston American Library Association small publishing companies, MA publishers high quality bindings self publishing e-books, MA small presses short run book printers, Boston self-publising books independent presses author and publisher bound galley services country press digital technology digital printing in Boston, MA paper short run printing, Newton, MA digital printing process The Country Press Inc recycling programs annual town report short run book publishing The Country Press, Inc. full-service publishing in Boston, MA short run production personalized cookbook Short-run book printers self publishers, MA Soft cover books short run books self publishing authors print on demand books Country Press Printing Inc. print on-demand Country Press Printing, Inc. nnual town or government report printing services in Boston, MA, The Country Press, Inc. facebook like Self-publishing services in Boston, MA small publishing houses The Country Press' digital printing service digital book publishing short run printing self-publishing services The Country Press digital printing services Chorine free self publishing glossary of terms advanced reading copies, MA perfect bound book manuals digital printing presses short run book printers Country Press, Inc Digital book printing in Newton, MA printing soft cover school books self publishing glossary galleys self-publishing a book free holiday gift short run printing self-publishing services the country press digital printing technology certified Ecologo on-demand book printing book publishing universities print-on-demand provider print on demand (POD) publishing company, MA digital short run printing, MA Perfect bound book printing in Boston, MA how to self publish Print-on-demand services in News Port, VA short-run book printing service publishing services to individual authors gift of business digital printing, MA marketing self published books, MA and publishing books traditional or self publishing, Boston printing on-demand short run books, MA advantages of short run book printing Country Press Inc Our Digital printing services digital strategy digital short run printing perfect bound books in Boston, MA short runs, MA American Library Association Annual Conference bound galleys in Boston, MA book printing, MA e-book formatting, MA short run printers self publishing services for self publishing authors short run book printers, Newton, MA Short run book printing in Boston, MA advantages of self-publising books print books on demand, MA print on demand services, MA book publishing in Boston Short-run book printing in Boston, MA print on demand book printing, Newton, MA conventional commercial printing indie publishing Country Press Printing publishing services for authors advantaages of self publishing printing services digital printing press self published book promoting, MA small publishing companies Short run printing in Boston, MA soft cover textbooks digital printer Self-publishing print on demand printing, MA printing hard copies of school books Biogas self-publishing books traditional publishers self publishing books print galleys School books reprinting school books self published books, MA perfect bound book binding digital printing Country Press Printing Inc short run printers, Boston short run printing services Self-publishing in Newton, MA short-run and on-demand printing commercial short run book printing Self-publishers in Boston, MA high quality book galleys soft cover school books book printing print and publish books how many books should i print promoting self published books short run book publishers digital short run book printing self publish self published books POD book printing publishing services self publishing service, MA printed galley commercial printing company Bound galleys in Newton, MA self-publshing digital printers self-publishing in Boston, MA Country Press’ digital printing services large publishing firms Country Press advance book copies, MA professional quality printed books difference between self publishing and traditional publishing self-publishing digital book printing quote for book printing Short Run Printing in Atlanta, GA promoting your book, MA self-publishing steps The Country Press Inc. print on demand in Boston, MA book printing companies galley books publishing services in MA for universities self publishers government publishing houses digital publishing, MA digital print on demand services Digital printing Digital book printing in Boston, MA Digital book printing annual town reports Country Press Inc. publishing companies original graphic designs self-publishers self publishers short run book printing, Newton, MA long run books perfect bound books short run digital printing cookbook layouts Galley proofs Country Press, Inc Short-run book printers in Boston, MA digital printing service digital printing technologies independent publishing how to promote your book Happy New Year digital printing for cookbooks short run book publishers, MA short run printing services, MA Self-publishers book printing cookbook printing in Boston, MA printed manual self publishing mistakes book printer, MA Kodak EX150 digital production system perfect bound books with soft covers POD, Newton, MA publisher on demand printing printing needs customized cookbook printing publishing, MA Kodak EX150 digital printer 50 Shades of Grey printed manuals short run book printer, MA self publish short run printing services The Country Press short run book printing, MA vanity publishing, Boston Perfect-bound bound galleys short run printing applications commercial short run printing Country Press, Inc. advantages of print on demand, MA digital book printing, MA Bound Galley publishing companies that offer self publishing printing Advanced reader copies smaller book printing companies bound galleys with high-resolution prints town report Kodak EX150 Digital Printers The Country Press Printing Digital book production print-on-demand stock paper e-book self publishing, MA sustainable and local enegery short run book printing services Cookbook printing and binding short runs Book printing and binding university publishing services how many books to print, MA printing short runs printing finishing The Country Press’ cookbook printing service in Boston, MA benefits of short run printing publishing companies that offer self publishing services small publishing company self publish, MA digital presses digital print on demand The Country Press, Inc The Country Press high-quality manual printing self publishing high-speed digital printing age short run book publishing, MA book printers print on demand in Newton, MA Perfect bound books printing in Boston, MA ARC books common mistakes of self publishing print on demand The Country Press’ digital printing services here in Boston, MA reduces greenhouse gas emissions advanced copies book self publishing self publishing, MA Digital book printing in Newton, MA independent publishing companies publishing your cookbook ARCs printing want to self publish a book press Happy Thanksgiving recycled paper short run book printing ARC printing digitally printed books Country Press Printing, Boston, MA perfect bound book printing Digital book printing in Boston, MA advanced reader copies digital printing in Newton, MA book printers, MA short run publishing self-publshed authors printing on demand (POD) book galleys Digital-printing smaller publishing houses book binding Digital book printers in Boston, MA commercial printing printing services here in Boston, MA Bound Galley made in Boston, MA ARCs books for book signing, MA Self Publishing statistics publishing deadlines bound manuscripts self publishing acronyms bound book galleys short run book printing, Boston digital printed Short run printing in Newton, MA cookbook printing in Newton, MA digital printing for books self-publishers, MA The Country Press print on demand in Newton, MA self publisher digital printing services here in Boston short run printing advanced copy books printing ARCs short-run printing digital printing equipment on-demand printing self-published author perfect bound books printer print books on demand in Newton, MA book promotion advantages of short run book printing, MA Pre-publication book printing in Boston, MA digital printing for manuals self-publishing, MA self-publising non-fiction books print small quantity of books MA self-publishing for business Kodak EX150 Manual printing services short-run book publishing advantages of short run printing, MA print-on-demand (POD) print books on demand in Boston, MA self short run short-run publishing the country press boston ma benefits of short run book printing self published authors, MA digital printing services advanced reading copies The County Press, Inc. - MA authors, MA printing bound galleys short run printing for books, MA Printing in short runs town municipality report printing rosters warrants books for book fair, MA short run book publisher, MA short run book printer benefits of short run book printing, MA self-publishing for businesses short run printing, MA self-publishing process of digital printing why short run book printing, MA manual printing creating ebooks client review bound galleys, MA book printing on demand book printing options digital printers in Boston, MA full service self publishing Perfect binding self publishing services for authors how many books should you print digital book printing Short-Run book Printing Digital publication Printing on demand choosing self publishing, Boston Country Press printing services self-publishing editors advance copy books, MA publishing companies, MA Kodak EX150 digital printing system Printing and binding in Boston, MA Rolland Opaque printing and reprinting in Boston, MA Cookbook printing




Are you late with titles for the current season? Are you trying to make that upcoming book show? Do you need dependability? Where do you need your books shipped to? Look no further than Country Press.



Country Press has a long history of supplying printed material to our nations Universities and Colleges. If any one or more of the following scenarios apply, we are the one to turn to.



Self-Publishing can be a virtual minefield if you are not careful. To make this an efficient process and successful endeavor you need to understand some of the “Basics” of Publishing and the definition of Self-Publishing.



We have been assisting Cities and Towns throughout New England in the design and production of their Annual Town Reports and Warrants. We offer a full range of services from typesetting, design, manufacturing and delivery.