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Why It’s Impossible To Delete A Print Book After Publishing


In case of print book publishing, to delete a book after publishing and challenges in altering or deleting published print books, more so when it has already been printed.  Challenges in deleting print books are many. The books once published are distributed to the bookstores from where the books get distributed to numerous retailers, libraries, and individual buyers- hence it nearly impossible to track all of them and withdraw all the physical copies. The publisher invests in printing, marketing, and distribution of books once the author signs a contract with him and hence in natural course holds the legal rights to sell the books. Removing a book from the market would need a negotiation with the publisher where he can express his inability to remove published print books. And in case he agrees to, he must be compensated for all the losses he has incurred. After the book gets published, the author retains the copyright, but removing the book could raise legal issues and copyright and legal complications from the publisher, distributors, or even readers who purchased the book.  Readers and libraries buy copies of books for their collections and for the physical existence of print books of the author and physical reference thus it is even more challenging to nullify retention of printed book copies. Deleting a published book have significant implications for the reputation of an author and may raise questions about the credibility of the author leading to negative publicity and dent in the relationship of author with publishers and readers. Challenges in altering published print books are almost as complex a proposition as the books have already been distributed and spread all across- hence the ideal way of alteration is to do it with the new edition only.

Impact of print book distribution is manifold. While digital publishing has picked up in recent years, print books continue to be an important part of the publishing industry which is cherished by many readers. Here, prints book refer to the traditional process of producing physical copies of books through printing and involves various steps viz., manuscript editing, typesetting, printing, binding, and distribution. Print books provide a tangible reading experience which is enjoyed by most readers. Holding a physical book, flipping through its pages, and feeling its weight is a joy by itself creating a unique connection between the reader and the content. The aesthetically designed cover designs of print books along with typography, and illustrations enhance the reading experience.