After a book's manuscript is edited it is typeset. This is usually done with a photo-typesetter today. The photo-typesetter uses computer technology to make typesetting simpler and faster.The newer typesetters have a larger dictionary to correct the mistakes made. There are four types of photo-typesetters. They are photo/optic, photo/scan, digital/CRT/scan and laser/scan. Each of these can do better in different areas. These machines are used as much as a typewriter.
After the book has been typeset, it is proofread for errors. Once the type is corrected, the writing and any illustrations are arranged in the way the book is supposed to look. The page is then photographed to make the printing plates. Electronic engravers are used to make the plates for illustrations. Illustrations are hard because they are usually printed as four different colors, and that means four different plates. It is now made easier by the electronic color scanners that make the plates in one operation. Most books are now printed by offset printing, but still some books are printed by the old letterpress method. The old sheetfed presses are now replaced by the web-press. The sheetfed press prints one piece of paper while the web-press uses a roll. The way you see the pages in order in a book is not how it is printed. They are put in plates that hold more than one piece of paper, front and back. Now it is ready for the bindery!
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