It is not unusual for people to get confused when it comes to knowing the difference between the job of a publisher and that of a printer. Though they both are involved in the production of books, they have very distinctive roles in the book production chain.
|Publishers edit. This means publishers are responsible for content.
They are involved in the various processes of editing a manuscript – proofreading, designing, layout, reviewing, copy editing, designing, preparing manuscripts for printing etc. They can take 3 to 12 months before they are done
|Printers print. That means they have machines that print, bind and trim books. Printers do not assume responsibility for content. They just print what they are given.|
|A publisher generally accepts all the financial responsibility for the production and promotion of the books.||A printer is paid by the publisher to print.|
|Publishers make money from the sale of books.
Publishers may distribute or sell books to book distributors
|Printers do not sell books. Their revenue is gotten from the payments from publishers
Printers do no distribute or warehouse books
|Publishers are all about books||Printers are all about printing on materials including books, flyers, brochures, cards, clothing etc.|