Publishing and bibliography (2): Beyond ©opyright
The copyright symbol, ©, is well established. Usually, though not invariably, it designates authorship.
But what about all the other people who have played a role in originating the book? Films carry extensive credits. Imprint pages, in contrast, credit very few people.
I have noticed an incipient fashion for providing fuller credits, but still in most cases the imprint page will tell you only the author and the printer, plus probably the typesetter.
Why not develop a set of symbols? For example:
(AE) = acquiring editor
(CE) = copy-editor
(D) = designer — or (CD) = cover designer and (TD) = text designer
(I) = indexer
(PF) = proofreader
(PR) = printer
And so on.