*Tail: The bottom edge of a leaf, board, or bound volume; that is, the surface on which a volume rests when shelved upright.

Milling: The spines of books and periodicals can be cut away on a milling machine to prepare them for oversewing. A machine clamps the text block, spine down, and moves it over rotating blades, cutting away (grinding) approximately 1/8 inch of the binding margin, allowing for a clean edge to bind. For rebinding, this removes old adhesive, thread, and/or folds of signatures. After milling, all text blocks are comprised of loose leaves.

While differences in word usage may occur, hopefully these listings will give an idea, to the new author, of what some general terms mean. Terms marked with an asterisk (*) are not generally used in our office.  All other terms are defined as used in our business plant and offices.

For other writing, printing, publishing, marketing lingo, check our glossaries at http://www.gregathcompany.com/gloss.html and

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