Scribe is a mission-driven organization solely focused on editorial and production processes.
Scribe’s mission is to produce high-fidelity, long-lasting, and accessible well-formed documents. We strive to
- advance well-formed documents throughout the publishing industry;
- connect the concept of the well-formed document to all editorial and production processes;
- create tools and technologies that intuitively result in well-formed documents; and
- partner with our clients to publish well-formed documents in a timely and fiscally responsible manner.
Scribe is an American company with locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Allentown, Pennsylvania; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida that serves over one hundred clients.
From our inception, Scribe has developed publishing services and technologies geared to an electronic workflow and multipurpose publications. We began in 1993 in order to produce and distribute electronic versions of print publications. In 2000, Scribe expanded to a full range of editorial, production, and workflow services to facilitate both print and electronic publishing. Since 2008, Scribe has produced more than a thousand titles each year, with an annual output growth exceeding 20 percent.
Scribe’s highly trained and experienced personnel utilize our Well-Formed Document Workflow to successfully convert, edit, design, and produce the most complex and demanding print and electronic publications. Our workflow stresses best practices and proper use of technology throughout the publishing chain.
Scribe employees are trained in project management and outstanding communication. We possess a deep understanding of the materials we help to publish, allowing us to appreciate the needs of each publication. Many of our employees are multilingual in classical (e.g., Greek, Hebrew, Latin) as well as modern languages (especially Spanish).
1993—Scribe began as Center for Computer Analysis of Texts, Text Distributors. From our inception, we developed publications in electronic format. We developed accurate OCR and data conversion processes. Our first publications were distributed on disk and CD-ROM format.
1995—Scribe began to convert publications from word processors and desktop publishing systems for web and CD-ROM delivery. We began to experiment with the underlying coding and scripting to facilitate conversions.
1996—Scribe began to publish books, magazines, and journals on the web. We combined our knowledge of technology and publications to develop online subscriptions, e-commerce, and databases.
1997—Scribe began offering typesetting services. In order to remain competitive and facilitate electronic publications, Scribe used structured template methodology in our work.
1998—Scribe first publicly touted our multipurpose philosophy. Our philosophy has remained the same: publish in a consistent and efficient manner to as many versions, or distribution channels, as possible.
1999—Scribe developed the Scribe Publishing System (now called the Well-Formed Document Workflow) to enable publications to move easily from copyediting to typesetting. This process helped Scribe produce publications for print and electronic delivery.
2000—At Brooke's College (Oxford), Scribe offered the concept of the well-formed document as an intuitive, easy-to-implement alternative to confusing angle bracket delineated coding.
2000—Scribe began to offer copyediting and proofreading services. With the addition of staff members and our training methodology, that offering has expanded into a full range of editorial and publications development activities.
2004—In a failed attempt to partner with an Indian vendor, Scribe developed the ability to export our workflow, training, and process management capabilities. We named our publishing system to the Well-Formed Document Workflow.
2006—Scribe successfully opened our Florida office. This success allowed Scribe to cut costs and therefore compete economically with offshore vendors. Scribe now competes on the unparalleled quality of our work.
2007—E-books began to show profitability. Publishers realized the need to engage in multipurpose publishing and began to reject a one-off approach. Scribe's workflow, philosophy, and cost savings began to get attention.
2009—Thomas Nelson's DigiReady initiative, which utilizes Scribe's Well-Formed Document Workflow, was released.
2010—The popularity of the Kindle and the release of the iPad made publishers realize the need for well-formed documents. Demand for Scribe's services and workflow continued to increase.
2011—Scribe opened an office in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to meet increased demand for our multipurpose publishing services.
2011—Random House subscribed to the Well-Formed Document Workflow (later our workflow would be instrumental in the production of their most successful publication).
2013—Scribe released our Digital Hub and Scribe Add-In (SAI), helping to automate the Well-Formed Document Workflow. Scribe has been, and continues to be, very active in research and proper implementation of new technology. Our goal is to assist you with your current needs and enable you to publish efficiently well into the future.
2014—Our Well-Formed Document Version 2.0 was released, offering full-print articulation, round-trip functionality (print to Word), automated e-book indexing, the SAI Lite, and InDesign plug-ins.
2014—Recognizing the changing landscape in publishing, Scribe announced initiatives to better serve the market, including strategic partnerships with printers and distributors. Scribe also offers the WFDW "white label" to those offering direct-to-author services.
2015—Scribe and Lifeway have partnered to help publishers produce, convert, and distribute their publications. This partnership has helped to increase revenues for institutional and individual book sales.
2016—Seeing renewed growth and success in the publishing world, Scribe began to shift our emphasis towards mission-driven publishing. We also added features to the WFDW to improve indexing (thus, semantic tagging) and accessibility.