I found my why of publishing nearly twenty-five years ago, on a Sunday. At the time I was a first-time manager, putting in weekend hours for a major New York-based publishing house. We were creating methods to reuse content from our higher education products, parsing and republishing text using then-experimental techniques in electronic tagging, rights tracking, and automated formatting and pagination. As I set the system to process batches of content from our textbooks, I found myself with time to think in-between tasks, and my mind wandered to a question as I considered what I was doing there that day: what IS publishing?
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