Offset, Offset Free

So named after the process of offset lithography, which in the days when letterpress was still the predominant printing method was used for the reprinting of books when the metal type was no longer available, the term describes the practice of photographically reproducing the text of one edition of a book in order to create another (for instance, from the us edition to the uk edition, or from an original hardback to a reduced size paperback). Hence, offset free, the charge made for the right to reproduce an existing text.

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