Rarely do we think about a book's journey from the printing press to the shelf at our local Barnes & Noble. From the publisher to the warehouse to the bookstore, there are quite a few stops along the road from unbound manuscript to the shiny new bestseller that readers clamor for.
There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the death of the bookstore, thanks to the ascendance of digital retail giants like Amazon and e-readers like the Kindle. Fortunately, this ominous forecast appears to be premature, as the number of independent bookstores is actually increasing, and Amazon opened its own brick-and-mortar store just five months ago.
This is all great news for the bookworms out there who prefer physical copies to the electronic variety. But have you ever wondered how a book reaches your bedside table? The answer, most simply, involves many players working in a highly refined and systematic process. Let’s take a closer look at a book’s evolution from word document to polished paperback.