the first published works
in cuniform to the current eBooks and electronic
publishing platform and formats.
definition of publishing has changed little over time though the
production and delivery format adjusts to new processes.
is a good cross-era definition for the
act of publishing? What are the
elements unique to the act and art of publishing? The
History Project is an excellent briefly stated
academic source to peg where
publishing began and what events have accelerated its
evolution into the media it is today.
Starting points in early
history are best accepted as approximate for the beginnings of
publishing. A brief Timeline helps to build a
focused perspective, which is found at the
Project site, or click on the first Timeline reference at the beginning
of this sentence.
Unabridged (v 1.1). Random
House, Inc., December 23, 2012. (Dictionary.com) as "activities or business of
a publisher" which includes the
making of "books or
periodicals". Its original use began between 1375
and 1425; and, late Middle English (gerund).
What is the difference between publishing and written copies of a creative work?
process of production and dissemination of literature, music,
— the activity of
making information available to general public." When did electronic publishing first begin to transition as an information distribution tool?
Britannica states that it is
the organization of written and eventually printed matter; but more
specifically it is "an
account of the selection, preparation, and marketing of printed matter
from its origins in ancient times to the present."
article from 1945
of Electronic Publishing,
from the February 1995 issue.
forms have publishing taken over its long history anyway?
insight regarding the numerous anchor points of historical dating on
publishing that originated from drama performances in ancient
perspectives include: "the
embodiment of mass media" historically.
Wikipedia has some appealingly great information on the historical
components of publishing which started as a precursor to mass media as
we know it now.