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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.



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