pub·lish·ing | \ˈpə-bli-shiŋ \

Definition of publishing 

: the business or profession of the commercial production and issuance of literature, information, musical scores or sometimes recordings, or art newspaper publishing software publishing

Examples of publishing in a Sentence

He was hoping to get a job in publishing after college. Her sister works for a well-known publishing company.

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But after troubling new allegations surfaced about the Dominican scribe, many are wondering how the #MeToo movement will shake up the publishing world. Britni Danielle,, "Others Recall Verbal Abuse From Junot Diaz After Author Zinzi Clemmons Accuses Him Of Forcibly Kissing Her," 7 May 2018 Media companies have viewed expanding into business information as a path to diversify from the rocky news publishing world as well as using financial publications to drive use of data products. Austen Hufford, WSJ, "Hearst Takes Full Ownership of Fitch Group," 12 Apr. 2018 As the #MeToo movement rocks the publishing world—with harassment scandals now dogging best-selling children’s book authors, prominent political journalists, and a National Book Award-winning novelist—publishers are struggling to respond. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, "Wynn Resorts, The Wing, Cosmo and Walmart: The Broadsheet March 28," 28 Mar. 2018 Historically, the publishing world has lagged behind tremendously in showcasing narratives with diverse and multi-dimensional characters. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "“Children of Blood and Bone” Author Tomi Adeyemi on Creating a World Where Readers of Color Can See Themselves," 19 Mar. 2018 Some publishing-world executives are concerned that such bonus payments to the stars reduce the share of the pie received by songwriters who don't have as much chart action. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Country Hitmaker Shane McAnally's Dispute With ASCAP Puts 'Premium Payments' In Spotlight," 13 Mar. 2018 And the Times’ successful push for digital-first publishing has become a model for my industry, in ways that have been both fascinating and far from easy. Ellen Gray,, "On Memorial Day, HBO's John McCain film pays tribute to an approach to politics we can't afford to forget," 25 May 2018 Britain’s publishers are battling declines in newspaper circulation and ad revenue as well as large debt and pension liabilities by selling assets and focusing more on digital publishing. Jonathan Browning,, "Trinity Mirror Purchase of Express Faces U.K. Intervention," 1 May 2018 Many are hiring and experimenting with new models of digital publishing. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Local news is in trouble. Can new publications turn it around?," 14 Mar. 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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: the business of producing books, magazines, etc., to sell to the public

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