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Publishing is an essential attribute of modern information age which
Is responsible for issuing books, maps, photographs and other printed materials.
The definition of publishing reveals components of the publishing process- book
design, editing work and production processes. Owing to business environmental forces the business thrives in different sizes as determined by their capital outlay
and operational modalities. Along this line the paper examines the brief history
and state of publishing in Nigeria. The copyright law and its regulatory role are
equally discussed. Problems facing the publishing industry in Nigeria such as severe infrastructural defects, lack of marketing programme, undercapitalization,
paper mill inadequacy, poor reading culture etc. Against this backdrop, the paper
proffers some recommendations such as adopting new technologies, infrastructural
development, book exposition and reading campaigns coupled with creation of favourable book climate.