If remastering means to remake an audio or video recording of better quality with new technologies, then what’s the equivalent verb for remaking a document or publication i.e. book with new technologies? For example, the formal document could be a lot better in pictures and formatting, but there is a new technology that can make things a lot better looking and formatted.

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    Your own term reformat works. If video and music etc are added, it is remade, another term you’ve used.
    – Lawrence
    Oct 17, 2020 at 6:50
  • I meant to say, he used an old technology with an old software tool, and I would like to remake it with a new one, as I am doing it from scratch. I think remake a file (without music and video) makes sense as well.
    – Superman
    Oct 17, 2020 at 6:52

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reissue (v.)

Make a new supply or different form of (a product, especially a book or record) available for sale.

The book was reissued with a new epilogue. Lexico

To issue (something, esp. printed or recorded matter) again, frequently in a different form. OED

reissue (n.)

The second or renewed issuing of something, esp. of a book, record, film, or other publication; an instance of this; (also) a book, etc., that has been issued again, frequently in a different form. OED

When Mikhailov's book was reissued in 1949, the “revised and completed” edition underwent some interesting shifts.” Thomas Lahusen; How Life Writes the Book

It wasn't until 2011, however, that the book [From Here to Eternity] was reissued with the gay content restored. Hugh Ryan; When Brooklyn Was Queer

Interestingly, his 1947 book was reissued in different formats in 2014 (paperback), 2015 (hardcover) and 2017 (kindle). Vincent Palamara; Who's Who in the Secret Service

Two years later the book was reissued with a new cover image – a child on a swing – aimed at a summer reading market. G. Clark and A. Phillips; Inside Book Publishing

When the book was reissued with additional material in 1985, it sold more than 200,000 copies in less than a year. Carol Kort; A to Z of American Women Writers

The book was reissued in an expanded edition the following decade in which Le Corbusier analysed the use of the Modulor system in the Unité building... Tom Allbeson; Photography, Reconstruction and the Cultural History of the Postwar European City

The book was reissued in a revised and reformatted new edition under the title A guide to the birds of Fiji and Western Polynesia, including American Samoa, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga ... Martin Daly; Tonga

The reissue of the book also includes a DVD of Meiselas's 1991 documentary Pictures from a Revolution ... American Photo, vol. 19, n.6


The normal publishing term is revising. Revision applies to reformatting, to the insertion of new material, to the correction of errors and to any other aspects that do not detract substantially from the nature, content and purposes of the original.


the process of changing a document, book, etc. in order to improve it, correct mistakes, or make it contain the most recent information

Cambridge dictionary

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    Revision normally implies that the changes were made to the substance of the document, and nor merely to the font, layout, and suchlike. Remastering a sound recording seems more analogous to the latter than to the former.
    – jsw29
    Mar 16, 2021 at 16:11

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