Common terms – Glossary
A list of terms that you are likely to come across in the world of publishing:
AB&P – Australian Bookseller & Publisher.
ABA – Australian Booksellers Association.
Agent – May be somebody commissioned by a publisher or distributor to sell books to retail outlets, or somebody who represents the interests of an author.
APA – Australian Publishers Association (formerly ABPA).
ARP – Australian Recommended Price. Now RRP (see below).
ABiP – Australian Books in Print.
Barcode – A code printed on a product which can be read by an electronic barcode scanner. Used by publishers, booksellers and libraries to identify, order, sell and manage books using computerised inventory systems.
Binding – the type of cover of a book – generally expressed as either hardback or paperback, but sometimes as cased (hardback) or limp/softback (paperback). © Copyright.
CAL – Copyright Agency Limited.
CiP – Cataloguing-in-Publication.
Copyediting – Checking a manuscript for grammar, spelling and typographical errors, and inconsistencies in style.
CRA – Camera-ready artwork/art. Final film or bromide version of a manuscript, ready for printing, as opposed to providing the version on a disk.
Discount – A percentage of the RRP of a book subtracted by the publisher when supplying the book to a retailer.
Distributor – Somebody who supplies other publishers’ books to retailers.
Extent – The number of pages in a book.
FIS – Free Into Store. The publisher bears the freight costs of supplying books to retail outlets.
FS – Firm Sale. A term of trade under which a retail outlet cannot return unsold books to the publisher or distributor.
Folio – Page number.
Full-colour – CMYK – Printing using the four-colour process, which uses the ‘process colours’ cyan (blue), magenta (red), yellow and black (CMYK) to make any colour.
GNAB – Guide to New Australian Books.
Hard copy – A printed version of a manuscript or other text, as opposed to an electronic copy of the text (on computer or disk).
Imprint page – Usually the reverse page of a book’s title page. Carries information such as CiP data, including a book’s ISBN, copyright line, publication date, and information about the publisher and printer.
ISBN – International Standard Book Number. (It is incorrect to say ‘ISBN number’ – use simply ‘ISBN’.)
ISSN – International Standard Serial Number.
Legal Deposit – Statutory provision to ensure that copies of all publications in Australia are lodged with the National Library of Australia and State Libraries.
Manuscript (MS) – The copy of a book.
NLA – National Library of Australia.
Returns – Unsold books returned to the publisher or distributor.
RRP – Recommended Retail Price. The GST- inclusive price at which the publisher recommends that retail outlets sell the book.
SOR – Sale or Return. Term of trade under which a retail outlet may return unsold books to a publisher or distributor, usually within a specified time frame.
Supplier – Somebody who supplies books to retail outlets. May be a publisher or a distributor.
Terms of trade – The terms, including discount and returns policy, under which a publisher or distributor supplies books to retail outlets.
WBN -Weekly Book Newsletter.