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Publishing or publishing a book? "Nite
I have both of them on advance order, and Amazons recalls to me in readable characters that "This book has not yet been published. "Is this unlocked? In the Oxford English Dictionary the term "to be published - in its trans-itive version - means (inter alia) "to be published or made available for publishing (a work, information, etc.); to be made available to the general public such as a movie, a record, etc.".
To make a film or a record available to the general audience. "It is strange that neither of these definitions provides the book as an example of the subject of this verse. We have long been used to releasing a film or CD in the format of a publication - and indeed a film can be "generally released".
For me, however, this means something completely different from the publication of a book or other materials. According to the OED, publication means "preparing and issuing a book, magazine, musical work or other work for publication for publication".
I' m working in the field of advertising where I publish regular media reports or media relations and speak about the release of CD's (and sometimes DVD's). The first case involves "publishing" messages and information that have been kept under lock and key at least tacitly until the right moment.
And I would say that this meaning of the release of the verb has a logical connection with its other meanings: Admittedly, you could expand that concept and say that a book is kept under lock and key as it goes through the publishing proces, but it's really not the same one. So, what explains this fairly new phenomena (or at least I think it's pretty new: please fix me if I'm wrong) of using replaceable pub and release?
Firstly, is it possible that we have become so accustomed to the concept of seeing, listening to or listening to something as soon as it becomes available - be it a bit of newsgossip, a new Episode or Netflix serial or a downloaded song - that only the act of access or acquisition is almost as important as the thing itself?
There is an immediate and even revelatory feeling in the term release that we just can't keep up with, and we're starving for what's brand-new. Is it because of the default accessibility of sound and video of a book that today is technologically more like a film or CD release because it is downloaded and shipped directly to the monitor or your chosen equipment?
A related concept is that book publishing houses and retail companies try to promote their products as recreational and entertaining articles - and that consumers focus more on films and their own categories rather than on them. Right now, when we buy from one-stop shops, we want to put all our new publications into our electronic basket - whether we look at them, listen to them or read them as soon as they are in our hands.
Publishing may have become too old-fashioned for the young, contemporary readers' tongue-in-cheek-consumers. This contemporary book is trendy, new, immediate and up-to-date: it is "released" immediately and called up at the push of a single key. Damian Fowler's Falling Through Clouds will be featured on April 29 at St. Martin's Press; Brian Barder's What Diploms Do will be out on July 16 at Rowman & Littlefield.