Glossary of Printing Terms:
Dummy

  1. A mock layout created to simulate the final product.

The complexity of the dummy can range from a simple mockup showing size and with a hand drawn sketch of the layout to one showing all the details exactly as the finished product will appear.

  1. A mockup of a book that is created to represent the physical appearance, including actual arrangement of the printed matter and illustrations, of a forthcoming book-to-book buyers.

Modern trade publishing has replaced the use of dummies with materials such as advance reading copies and uncorrected proofs.

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