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History of publishing, an account of the selection, preparation, and marketing of printed matter from its origins in ancient times to the present.
The activity has grown from small beginnings into a vast and complex industry responsible for the dissemination of all manner of cultural material; its impact upon civilization is impossible to calculate.
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In less than 50 years it had been carried through most of Europe, largely by German printers. It grew from the climate and needs of the first, and it fought in the battles of the second.
In 1498, for instance, 18,000 letters of indulgence were printed at Barcelona.
The market for books was still small, but literacy had spread beyond the clergy and had reached the emerging middle classes.
Most modern Western publishers purchase printing services in the open market, solicit manuscripts from authors, and distribute their wares to purchasers through shops, mail order, or direct sales.
Published matter falls into two main categories, periodical and nonperiodical—i.e., publications that appear at more or less regular intervals and are members of a series and those that appear on single occasions (except for reissues of essentially the same material).books constitute by far the largest class; they are also, in one form or another, the oldest of all types of publication and go back to the earliest civilizations.