Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that is engaged in publishing printed material.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who publishes, especially books.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who publishes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who publishes.
  • n. One who, as the first source of supply, issues books and other literary works, maps, engravings, musical compositions, or the like for sale; one who prints and offers a book, pamphlet, engraving, etc., for sale to dealers or to the public.
  • n. One who utters or passes counterfeit paper, or puts it in circulation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a firm in the publishing business
  • n. a person engaged in publishing periodicals or books or music
  • n. the proprietor of a newspaper

Etymologies

to publish + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Okay, in all honesty, I didn't receive a free copy of this book anyway because the publisher is a BIG MEANIE!!!

    Archive 2010-04-01

  • Self-published authors receive a lot of negative feedback (primarily from critics and reviewers - you know who you are), but not having the financial backing of a publisher is actually a blessing in disguise .... in that it teaches a writer very quickly what he/she needs to do to break even on a book.

    The Peripatetic Scribe

  • And. If this big name publisher is going to expect me to pay $27.00 for a book, I'd like to know its been properly edited, which is NOT always the case.

    Do publishers matter?

  • They rely on publishers to do the sorting, and the better a publisher is at sorting, the more likely that publisher is to be profitable.

    April « 2007 « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website

  • My favorite dismissive comment by a publisher is the one that sunk Charlotte Perkins Gilman's only mystery novel, _Unpunished_ (written in 1929):

    Ah, Rejection

  • Apparently, a publisher is arguing that a reviewer needs permission to review a book.

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • For most authors, finding a publisher is a Tolkienian adventure.

    June 2006

  • And maybe (?) you're in a better position than I am to have a sense of how many white writers don't get to publish about black topics because the publisher is worried about "authenticity".

    Go boys, go!

  • The publisher is clearly expecting big things from this new series — there are already movie plans, with Amy Poehler starring.

    Kids’ Comics: Little Mouse, Rose, Muppet Show, Toy Story, Lunch Lady » Comics Worth Reading

  • This volume, from the same publisher, is more what I expected: over 200 pages, black and white, smaller and thicker and solid in the hand.

    Manga-Inspired Slush Pile: Aya Takeo, Talking to Strangers, Red String » Comics Worth Reading

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