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Is there a right and wrong way to publish your book?  Of course there is a right and wrong way and most publishers will not tell you this nor tell you how to publish your book correctly. In the publishing industry there are three standards or cardinal rules to publishing a book correctly and choosing not to use these standards makes it impossible to get the proper distribution for your book in order to make it successful.  If you want to be in bookstores then you must use these standards to publish a book.

We call these the three pillars of publishing.

 

  1. Returnable to the Publisher

 

Every book must be returnable to the publisher in order to be published correctly.  What does this mean? All publishers must allow the book to be returned to them at their cost. Let’s say that a bookstore cannot sell the book after 90 or 120 days after purchasing it through a book dealer such as Ingram Books or Baker and Taylor or directly from the publisher, the bookstore has to be allowed to return the book at the publisher’s expense. If the book is not returnable then why would a bookstore take the risk and purchase it at a wholesale price only to be stuck with it if they cannot sell it.  Bookstores will not take this risk and therefore don’t distribute books that are not returnable. Yes, the publisher in this instance is one that takes all the risk when publishing a book, but this is one of the standards in publishing.  Vanity Presses and Self-Publishing firms are publishers that don’t do this and make you pay for the book to be printed without taking any of the risk when it comes to distribution.

 

  1. The Regular Discount

 

Just like any product sold at wholesale with a discount off the retail price books have a discount that retailers can use to get them at wholesale. Publishers are required to set a discount for the book to be bought at wholesale not only for bookstores who buy directly from them, but also book dealers who distribute a book to major book retailers throughout the world. Now a publisher can set any discount its wants on a book, but in the publishing industry there is standard discount called a regular discount, which has to be set for books to be published correctly. The regular discount for books is 55% off the retail price of the book. Anything less in a discount will make it very hard to properly distribute a book and make it successful, plus bookstores will not buy your book to stock in their stores if they can’t get the regular discount.  In the Ingram Book Dealer system and the Baker and Taylor System books that have the regular discount will be marked with (REG) next to them. This is what retailers look for when deciding on whether to buy your book at wholesale as well as if the book is returnable to the publisher.

 

  1. Competitive Pricing

 

Having good pricing on a product is important, consumers always look for the best deals.  This is where competitive pricing comes into play. If you’re the retail price on your book is too high, why would consumers buy it and more importantly, why would bookstores buy it at wholesale to sell in their stores. Paperback Books depending on the type of paper, the page count and the size of the book usually have a retail price of $6.99 – $17.99. Hardback Books depending on the type of paper, the page count and the size of the book usually have a retail price of $18.99 – $34.99. Would you pay $24.99 for a Paperback or $49.99 for a hardback book? No, because those prices are too high, but some self-publishers actually charge that. To publish your book correctly you need to have competitive pricing and setting the price for your book within the normal range for paperbacks and hardbacks is the best way to do it.

 

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Publishing Types

 

 

Traditional Publishing  

 

       This is also known as trade publishing. It the type of publishing where the manuscript submitted to the publisher is reviewed and then selected for publishing. The publisher will design the cover, edit it, copyright it, market it, and distribute the book through book stores and book dealers. The publisher will also assign or find a agent or business manager to represent the author and help in the publishing process. Trade publishers sell their books through the channels that have been specifically established for books—bookstores, libraries, and wholesalers. Trade books are published for children, teenagers, and adults. They can be works of fiction or nonfiction, hardcover or paperback. Generally, trade publishing is the most high profile type of publishing as it is the most commercially focused.

 

 Partners Program

 

      The partners program is exactly what it says – a partnership between an author and T M Publishers when it comes to publishing a book. Not everything that is submitted to us is selected for traditional publishing, but we have a program for authors to still be published through our firm and still receive the same full services as an author who was published traditionally.  Here is how it works…You set your title up and pay the setup fees . The prices are based on the page count of the book and whether it has illustrations or pictures in it or if the book is a color book with pictures or illustrations in it.  Once you have done that you receive the same full service publishing as someone who published traditionally including the same type of discounts on the book. Your book is published. When you have sold 600 copies of the book including purchasing your own book with your author discount then we will you back the same amount of money you paid us to set your title up because you have sold enough copies of the book to start you and your book on the road to success.  That’s right, we will give you a rebate check for the setup fees you’ve paid. You can make your money back plus make royalties. The point of this program is to reward success.  Of course you still make your royalties from your books being sold and that starts when the first book is sold in a bookstore. You start making money from day one.

      We cannot guarantee that a book will sell, but you should have the chance to sell your book and put into print. However, we are all about rewarding success and this is our way of doing it.  There are books that we do not want to take a chance on for traditional publishing, but we still want to offer you the chance to publish your book through a great publisher, with excellent prices, and publishers your book correctly Vanity presses, like Publish America cannot do this and the only way to publish a successful book is to publish it right. The Partners Program gives you a chance to do that without having to be rejected by a publisher and make your money back when you set up your title. This is something vanity presses will not do and it also why we offer an alternative choice for success. The Partners Program is just one more option for publishing your book.

 

 Direct Printing

 

     This if for people who are just looking to have their books printed and not go through normal distribution channels. The same pricing including setup fees and book sizes as for other publishing categories still applies in Direct Printing.  We can still help you with editing, design services, and most importantly the printing process, but you will have your own distribution. We also have the best prices on book printing.

 

eBook Printing

 

    This if for people who are just looking to have their books printed in digital format.  We can format your books for eBook Publishing.  We can also Publish your eBook through out Online Publishing services.  We Publish eBook through Kobo, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smash Words. 

 

 

BOOKS 

What kind of Books do we publish or print? If can be a book then we will publish it and print it for you.  We do all genre’s in fiction and non-fiction.  Here is a list of books that we can publish and print.

 

        Fiction – all genre’s

        Non-Fiction – all genre’s

        Poetry

        Music

        Graphic Novels

        Children’s Books

        Textbooks

 

 

Our Printing is the best quality that you can find in the United States and we do not believe in using cheap paper like mass market paper backs. We do our printing in “print on demand” when it comes to our books. Now “print on demand” has always a bad reputation in the publishing industry because it always been linked to self-publishing and vanity presses. PRINT ON DEMAND is not bad as long as it’s done by professional companies and we use the best in America. We do not do our publishing as a “print on demand” company.  We do our printing that way because it’s cost effective.  We print in black & white and color. We print paperbacks and hardbacks (casebound and with a dust jacket). Here are some of the specifications on our printing .

 

  •         Covers are printed in full color 100lb glossy stock paper for paperback.
  •         Perfect bound books are printed on 50lb.-60lb. opaque cream paper and white paper.
  •         Hardback are printed in Casebound (cardboard hardback) and Cloth with dust jacket
  •         Hardback Casebound cover is printed in Casebound laminated.
  •         Saddle-stitch books are printed on 50lb opaque white paper or creme paper.
  •         Saddle-stitch covers are printed on 100lb glossy book weight stock.
  •         Standard Color pages are 50lb. digital white paper stock
  •         Premium Color pages are 70lb. digital white paper stock

 

      

    Have you ever wondered the processing time  for a book to be published or printed.  It varies depending on what kind of service you get.  Here is a list of processing times for you

 

       Traditional Publishing – Full Service publishing

 

  •         3 to 5 months processing time

 

        Partners Program – Optional Service Publishing

 

  •         1 to 4  months processing time depending on the services involved

 

       Direct Printing

 

  •         2 to 4 weeks

 

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SIZES 

Black and White Interior – Distribution  – Partners Program and Trade Publishing

  • PAPERBACK
Small Sizes Crème Paper 50 lb.5 x 8,  5.5 x 8.5,  5.83 x 8.27,  6 x 9 inches White Paper 50 lb.5 x 8,  5 x 8.5, 5.06 x 7.81, 5.83 x 8.27, 6 x 9, 6.14 x 9.21,  6.69 x 9.61, 7.5 x 9.25,7.44 x 9.69 inches

 

Large Sizes  None White Paper 50 lb.7 x 10,  8.25 x 11, 8.268 x 11.693 (A4) inches
  • HARDBACK
Small Sizes Crème Paper 50 lb. 5.5 x 8.5,  6 x 9 inches White Paper 50 lb.6.14 x 9.21 inches
Large Sizes  None White Paper 50 lb.7 x 10,  8.5 x 11 inches

 

Standard Color -Distribution  – Partners Program and Trade Publishing

  •  PAPERBACK
Small Sizes White Paper5 x 8,  5.5 x 8.5, 5.06 x 7.81, 5.83 x 8.27, 6 x 9, 6.14 x 9.21,  6.69 x 9.61, 7.5 x 9.25, 7.44 x 9.69, 8.5 x 8.5 inches 
Large Sizes White Paper7 x 10,  8.25 x 11, 8.268 x 11.693 (A4), 8.5 x 11 inches
  • HARDBACK
Small Sizes White Paper 50 lb.5 x 8,  5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9, 6.14 x 9.21,  6.69 x 9.61 inches 
Large Sizes White Paper 50 lb.7 x 10,  8 x 10,  8.5 x 11 inches

 

Premium Color – Distribution  – Partners Program and Trade Publishing

  •  PAPERBACK
Small Sizes White Paper 70 lb.5.5 x 8.5 inches 
Medium Sizes White Paper 70 lb.5.5 x 8.5,   6 x 9,    6.14 x 9.21 inches 
Large Sizes White Paper 70 lb.7 x 10, 8 x 10,  8.5 x 11 inche
  • HARDBACK

 

Small Sizes White Paper 70 lb.5.5 x 8.5 inches 
Medium Sizes White Paper 70 lb.6 x 9,  6.14 x 9.21 inches 
Large Sizes White Paper 70 lb.7 x 10, 8 x 10,  8.5 x 11 inches

 

 

As the Writer you will receive an equal share in the profits from the sale of each book when they are purchased through distribution channels by wholesalers and retail stores. This does not include when writers purchase their own titles through our catalog.  The profits of the book are split up this way: 50% to the writer and 50% to the publisher. The profit margin is the difference between the wholesale price of the book and the printing costs of the book. If the books are purchased through a book dealer such as Ingram Books then because the wholesale rate is different compared to if books are purchased through our own catalog.  This is why we assign an exact dollar amount for books bought through a book dealer and books bought through our catalog.

   If purchased though Starving Writers Books as an author you will always make more money because the profits are the difference between the cost of printing and what we sell the book for. If you sell an e-book then you will make 50% of the profits. When a book is purchased through a book dealer such Ingram books the profits are always lower because the printing cost compared to the wholesale price of the book are always lower and this comes from setting a standard discount (55% off the retail price) on the book, but profits are usually maximized from a larger volume of sales. Places like Barnes and Noble and Borders purchase our books through the book dealers, Ingram books and Baker and Taylor. Here are the percentages of profits for an author based on the retail price of the book.

      We will send your profits in the form of a company check alongside your sales report once a month (the 20th of every month) or you can open up a Paypal account so we can transfer you profits to you when your book is purchased though our online services. Paypal is the merchant we use for our online services and they will charge a merchant fee for using their services. If you do not want this then getting your profits would be better in the form of a company check, but we do want to offer the service of paypal. We most likely will do both since other book dealers and stores do not use this particular merchant so our profits as well as yours will come in the form of other paid services and we will have to send you your profits in the form of a company check every month. Also keep in mind that there is a three month delay because book dealers pay on a quarterly basis (all January profits will be sent out in April); this has nothing to do with us, this is the industry standard.  The reason for this is to allow for any returns through the book dealers that count against your final sales numbers. These are returns from bookstores sent back through the book dealers to the publishers. We have to buy these books back and therefore lose money if we cannot sell them if we cannot sell them. The three month delay on sales allows us to get final sales numbers for you.Your Royalty checks will come from Truesource Green Media Services, our parent company.  

        Profits can also be affected with book returns.  Book stores can return our titles through book dealers such as Ingram Books and Baker & Taylor at the expense of the publisher if they feel the books is not selling and they do not want to lose money from buying the book at a wholesale price to try and sell in their store. This means that when a book is returned we have to buy the book back at the whole sale price set for the book plus a shipping fee to have it sent to our office. This costs us money so of course the expense will also affect the profits the author has already made from the sale of the book.   When books are returned, T M Publishers will pay the printing costs of the book, but the difference between the printing cost and wholesale price of the book once it’s been returned will be taken out of the profits an author makes on the sale of their books. This is called the profit loss because it’s based on the profits the author and our publishing firm would have made if the book had not been returned. Here is an example for one book.

 Whole sale Price   $ 9.45

 Printing Cost       – $5.45

 Profit Loss         =  $4.00

       The profit loss is what the author would be responsible for each book if returned. The total is a negative cost against future profits. However, when books are returned we store them in our inventory so we can sell them in our stores and hopefully recouping our losses on the book being returned and as the author you would not lose any money. Also if you would like to buy the books returned at a wholesale price to sell on your own then you can.  We hope this never happens, but we want authors to understand how their profits can be affected negatively just like our as a publisher.

     Also authors need to understand if a Book Rep is representing you the commissions for your agent will come from the profits of your book being sold. This is because your agent is representing you on your behalf. An agent for representation of an author for the use of marketing and advertising services and all that it entails then the agent will receive 10% of profits or fees – .This is included in the book contract.  For services of agent of presentation it can be negotiable and details of the agent of representation does will be outlined in the contract.

 

eBook Services 

 

 

We Publish eBooks!  Do you have an eBook that needs to be formatted for Smash Words or the Amazon’s Kindle.  It’s not as easy as it looks and sometimes you just need the professionals to do it for you. If you want that professional look to your eBook then T M Publishers is the place for you. Avoid the frustrations of formatting an eBook yourself, it’s not the easiest thing to do and make your eBook look professional for Smash Words and the Kindle. It will be worth your time and the avoidance of frustration when you can’t format your eBook yourself. Let us do it for you and at the most affordable price.

Amazon Kindle  

 

We make your eBook an ePub file, which is HTML based and gives you the best format for the Kindle. This allows us to make your eBook look professional.

 

Kindle Format – $60.00

 

Smash Words – distribution for Barnes and Nobel, iTunes, Kobi, and Sony eReaders.

 

Smash Words is the best distribution for Barnes and Nobel, iTunes, Kobi, and Sony eReaders. We encourage any author to use them for this kind of distribution and unfortunately they do not format anything for the Kindle. Also there formatting can complicated as well this is why we offer our service to make sure that your eBook for Smash Words has that professional look.  We can also help you set your account up with them free of Charge.

 

Smash Words – $50.00      

   

Kindle Format and Smash Words – $80.00   

 

Find out the discount services you can get when you have more than one eBook to format.

 Barnes and Noble Nook

 We make your eBook an ePub file, which is HTML based and gives you the best format for the Nook. This allows us to make your eBook look professional.

 

 Nook Format – $60.00

 

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SERVICES 

 

Editing Services

 

T M Publishers has three types of editing services. Each service is affordable and will give you the best professional outcome.  Most companies can charge you hundreds of dollars for simple proofreading and thousands of dollars for Copy Editing. We can do a better job and at the best price for your pocket book.  Check out the services we offer and our prices. Do a price comparison and see how we can beat the competition.

 

  •              Proofreading

 

This is for when your work is polished but needs a final check for simple errors of spelling, capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.  The turnaround time is fast and we can make the work perfect.  The larger the manuscript the more of a discount you will receive.

 

$2.50 a page.   $10 per $1,000 words

 

 

  •           Basic Copy Editing

 

The editing will be for changes to unclear wording, awkward sentence construction, or unnecessary repetition. You will be able to see the changed in the markup preview section of the word document. With areas needing further clarity, we insert a comment with a question or suggestion for you to take further. This is also for book editing after the manuscript has been revised by the author at least once or proofread at least once.

 

  • $5.00 a page.   $20 per $1,000 words

 

 Editing and Rewriting

 

This is for a major editorial role in rewriting and reworking of your text; the type of editing for manuscripts that have not revised or proofread at all. Poor sentence construction is cleaned up, and larger blocks of text are reorganized where necessary or requested.  As with the basic copy editing, all changes and suggestions are highlighted for your review in the markup section of the work document.  This option is for authors who have not had any revisions to their text and that has not been proofread at least once.  This is also for ghost rewriting or writing from an outline or storyboards.

 

  • $12.00 a page.  $24 per $1,000 words

 

 

 Design Services

 Now that you have your book written do you need a book cover designed or the interior designed so your book is ready for print.  T M Publishers has that service for you. If you a professional book cover that’s eye catching and will help make your book more marketable let us design it for you. The best part: our services are at great prices.  You get a professional design at an affordable price. We can design the Interior or the boo cover at a set price, but you can also get both of them done at a discount.

 

 

  • Book Cover Design – $65.00     
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  • Book Interior Design – $50.00
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  • Both Services – $100

            

     eBook Services

 

            Do you have an eBook that needs to be formatted for Smash Words or the Amazon’s Kindle.  It’s not as easy as it looks and sometimes you just need the professionals to do it for you. If you want that professional look to your eBook then T M Publishers is the place for you. Avoid the frustrations of formatting an eBook yourself, it’s not the easiest thing to do and make your eBook look professional for Smash Words and the Kindle. It will be worth your time and the avoidance of frustration when you can’t format your eBook yourself. Let us do it for you and at the most affordable price.

  

  •  Amazon Kindle  
  • We make your eBook an ePub file, which is HTML based and gives you the best format for the Kindle. This allows us to make your eBook look professional.
  • Kindle Format – $60.00
  • Smash Words – distribution for Barnes and Nobel, iTunes, Kobi, and Sony eReaders.

 

Smash Words is the best distribution for Barnes and Nobel, iTunes, Kobi, and Sony eReaders. We encourage any author to use them for this kind of distribution and unfortunately they do not format anything for the Kindle. Also there formatting can complicated as well this is why we offer our service to make sure that your eBook for Smash Words has that professional look.  We can also help you set your account up with them free of Charge.

 

  • Smash Words – $50.00      
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  • Kindle Format and Smash Words – $80.00   
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  • Find out the discount services you can get when you have more than one eBook to format.

 

 Barnes and Noble Nook

 

We make your eBook an ePub file, which is HTML based and gives you the best format for the Nook. This allows us to make your eBook look professional.

 

  • Nook Format – $60.00

 

 

PRICING and FEES 

 Black and White Interior – Distribution  – Partners Program and Trade Publishing

Type of Books Price Per Page Binding Price-Paperback Binding Price –Casebound H.B Binding Price –Hardback  w/D.J.
Small Book $0.020 $1.90 $7.00 $8.55
Large Book $0.025 $1.90 $7.00 $8.55

   Standard ColorDistribution  – Partners Program and Trade Publishing

Type of Books Price Per Page Binding Price-Paperback Binding Price –Casebound H.B Binding Price –Hardback  w/D.J.
Small Book $0.030 $1.90 $7.00 $8.55
Large Book $0.035 $2.30 $7.00 $8.55

   Premium Color – Distribution  – Partners Program and Trade Publishing

Type of Books Price Per Page Binding Price-Paperback Binding Price –Casebound H.B Binding Price –Hardback  w/D.J.
Small Book $0.056 $3.00 $7.00 $8.55
Medium Book $0.096 $3.50 $700 $8.55
Large Book $0.16 $3.50 $7.00 $8.55

Setup Fees

Fees based on Manuscript page. Manuscript Pages

50-250  pages  $125.00
50-250 pages  (illustrations/pictures)  $175.00
Color Books with pictures 4-250 pages  $175.00
251-500 pages  $150.00
251-500 pages  (illustrations/pictures)  $200.00
501 or more  pages  $175.00
501 or more pages  (illustrations/pictures)  $225.00

 

 Proofs

  •  Paperbacks – $35.00
  • Hardbacks –  $40.00

 

Revisions

  •  Interior – $50.00
  • Bookcover – $50.00

 

INDUSTRY CATEGORIES 

RADE PUBLISHING or Traditional Publishing

 

Maybe you’ve never wondered what people in the publishing industry call the books that you find in a bookstore or local library, but there is a term. They are called trade books and they are designed for the general consumer. Trade publishers sell their books through the channels that have been specifically established for books—bookstores, libraries, and wholesalers. Trade books are published for children, teenagers, and adults. They can be works of fiction or nonfiction, hardcover or paperback. Generally, trade publishing is the most high profile type of publishing as it is the most commercially focused.

 

PROFESSIONAL AND SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING

 

Does working with professional studies and dissertations sound intriguing? Then professional and scholarly publishing is for you! Professional and scholarly publishers produce books and journals specifically written for and marketed to professionals in a wide variety of industries, such as medicine, law, business, technology, science, and the humanities. Professional and scholarly publishing is often referred to as STM—scientific, technical, and medical publishing. For more information, visit the website of the AAP Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division, www.pspcentral.org.

 

EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING

 

Textbooks are published by what the industry calls educational publishers. In addition to textbooks, educational publishers also publish all of the materials that complement the textbook—such as workbooks, tests, software, CD-ROMs, and maps. As you probably know, textbooks are published for all levels of students, from kindergartners through postgraduate students. “School” publishers publish textbooks and materials for kindergarten through 12th grade and “higher education” publishers publish for college and university students.

 

UNIVERSITY PRESSES

 

Arguably the most difficult type of publishing house to define, university presses wear several hats. For the most part, they are not-for-profit departments of universities, colleges, and museums that publish books for scholars and specialists. Nevertheless, university presses sometimes engage in trade publishing as well, marketing their books to the general consumer. To learn more about university presses, log on to the Web site of the Association of American University Presses, www.aaupnet.org.

 

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHERS

An independent publisher is privately held rather than being owned by a parent company or by a conglomerate. Independent publishers exist in all sizes and publish all types of books. One of the great things about independent presses is that they often have considerably more freedom to publish the books about which they are most passionate. No one knows exactly how many independent presses are out there, but estimates are in the range of 50,000 and up.

 

 

 

ALTERNATIVE MEDIA (E-BOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS)

 

E-Books

 

An e-book is a book distributed and read in electronic format. Instead of walking into a bookstore, to buy a book in an e-book format, you visit a Web site and purchase and download the digital file. You can then read the book on a computerized device such as a Palm Pilot, Pocket PC, laptop computer, or other device. There are all sorts of e-books available today (including popular fiction and nonfiction, textbooks, reference books, and most other genres), and they can be stored in a virtual library on your reading device—which can certainly make it easier to carry a lot of books on vacation or to school.

 

Audiobooks

 

As the name implies, audiobooks are books presented in recorded audio format. Generally, audiobooks are recorded onto cassette tapes, CDs, or other digital files such as MP3s. The Audio Publishers Association defines audiobooks as “any audio recording that is primarily spoken word rather than music.” Audiobooks are available in a myriad of categories, from novels to self-help books to language instruction. Some publishing houses have internal audiobook departments whereas other companies publish only audiobooks. You can learn more about audiobooks by logging on to the Audio Publishers Association Web site at www.audiopub.org.

 

OTHER TYPES OF PUBLISHING AND RELATED BUSINESSES

 

Subsidy Press/Vanity Publisher

 

A publishing company that offers publication services for a fee paid by the author, and holds the copyright to the book, but does not generally promote or market the book. Bookstores often refuse to carry books published by subsidy/vanity presses, and such books are rarely reviewed.

 

Contract Publisher

 

A publisher that helps authors edit, design, market, and distribute their book for a fee paid by the author.

 

Self-Publishing

 

A method of publishing in which the author does all the things a publisher does—from editing to printing and distribution.

 

Regional Publisher

 

A publisher who specializes in subjects relevant to a particular part of the country, and sells its books mostly or entirely in that area.

 

Fulfillment House

 

A company that handles the entire ordering process for books, such as storing, packing, mailing, maintaining records, and other sales-related operations for the author or publisher.

 

Packagers (Also known as Book Producers or Book Developers)

Companies specializing in creating books up to the printing stage, at which point a publishing company takes over handling the book. Although publishers most often contract directly with freelance authors and use their own staffs to prepare books for publication, publishers sometimes take on books prepared by packagers. The packager’s name may appear on the copyright page, but the publisher is always identified on the spine.

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