Print publishing, according to some people, will have had done its rounds in a few years to come and what will be left of reading would only be supported by digital media. This seems quite an emphatic claim, because although ebooks have been popular in some countries, the hardbacks have not lost their charm. The publishing industry has taken the matter seriously—it has not reduced the number of copies that they used to print earlier.
However, it rather seems a regularity with the publishing firms that they have been consistently bringing out good quality ebooks of the physical books they are publishing. This is doing good eventually—ebooks cost less and with numerous applications across digital platforms, the way we read books has really changed.
With the ebooks pouring in, the book designers have a lot to do. In pre-ebook times, they just had to design the layout of the book, work in tandem with the cover designer, and fix the distance of the text from the gutters. However, with the ebook, there are a lot of challenges that need to be addressed. Since this is an ebook, the reader cannot just turn flip through the pages and start reading a particular paragraph that catches his/her fancy. To soften this blow a bit, the “content” page hyperlinks the names of the chapters with the chapters themselves—so when you click on a specific chapter, that chapter opens in front of you.
This is an important department, because a badly edited book does not do well in the market space. The editor does not have to put much effort in the process of making an ebook—he can just hand over the edited copy (most editing nowadays is done online) to the designer, who then fixes the body of the text and designs the book with the help of various tools, one of the popular ones of which was Adobe PageMaker or In Design.
This is as important an aspect as editing, and one needs to know the technicalities of it. This is where the publishing industry must score in order to survive, and people rely on the publishing world for this. For instance, the game of Pickleball, which had been so popular in the 1960s, has been revived by the publishing world and more and more people are joining in to play the game. The newspapers are also ardently propagating the world Pickleball tournaments that are being held every year. This has revived the interest for Pickleball once again in the people, and they are playing the game with a lot of passion in the recent years. Pickleball has been gaining grounds with its popularity as a family entertainer, thanks to the publishing industry.