To/in press/print

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Jan 14 16:47:34 UTC 2013

Doesn't a book "go to press" *before* it "is in print"?  And I find
it a bit hard to say a book "is in press" or "goes to
print".  Perhaps "is in the press" (meaning not yet published, but my
preference is "at the press".  And "goes to print" I think I would
only use in contrast to going somewhere else, such as "to electrons".


At 1/13/2013 11:07 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

>On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 8:28 PM, [not] Laurence Horn
><laurence.horn at> wrote:
> >> I always thought newspapers went to press, but books went to print. Am
> >> I mistaken?
>Damfino. I've always made a distinction between going "to press," and
>being "in print" as relevant to any publication, without ever
>considering "going to print" at all. But that doesn't make me right.
>All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
>to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
>-Mark Twain
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