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Re: [BKARTS] Publishers and composition/layout programs

Katy, thanks for the inside information on the publishing business.

Jules and Katy, I do find it interesting that book and magazine publishers
could live with programs that are so specific. For example say Popular
Science was moved over to InDesign, because of rich layout features, but
would have to kiss goodbye to even putting in a single formulae in the
magazine. What would Scientific American need to be published on, an old
copy of Pagemaker?

Think of the poor authors who not only go looking for a publisher, but
someone who works with a program that can produce their books.

Then there is the problem of printing houses. Some won't accept PDFs in
color, and only work with InDesign, QuarkXPress, or Pagemaker for color
material. So now it's a job to look for a printer who can even accept color
from Ventura or Pagemaker.

Now I know a local desktop publishing person who could format color work in
QuarkXPress, but he and most others don't have the equation editor module
because it is too expensive. So that is not going to work for me in most

Work Processing programs like Word and Wordperfect have had many OLE
features such as equation editors because these are needed by a reasonable
number of people. I can't understand why desktop publishing programs like to
have less major features than word processing programs. That is why many
people keep using word processing programs when they should really be using
desktop publishing programs.

Ben Wiens...applied energy scientist
Ben Wiens Energy Science Inc.
8-1200 Brunette Ave. Coquitlam BC V3K1G3 Canada
Energy Website: http://www.benwiens.com

-----Original Message-----
Hi Ben,

Different publishers publish different books, and textbook publishers don't
always publish book in each and every discipline. What you discuss below
applies to "hardside" textbook publishers (both el-hi and college); there
are about five publishers in the US who do that kind of work (I work for
one, Wadsworth - Brooks/Cole Thomson Learning [that name should in itself
tell you something about the state of educational publishing]). If you are
doing hardside publishing, your composition house (publishers also no longer
have compositors in-house) does not use either Quark or InDesign - though as
a Production Editor for the "softside" Counseling discipline, the names of
those programs that *are* used do not immediately come to mind. I can
provide those names tomorrow, if we all want to continue this interesting
discussion (I hope Peter doesn't mind that we're not talking bookarts here!)


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