Getting a publication to “print” is a complex process that requires the right people and workflow.
Scribe’s highly trained and experienced personnel utilize our Well-Formed Document Workflow to successfully produce even the most complex and demanding publishing projects. Our workflow provides superior quality at every link in the publishing chain.
We began in 1993 in order to produce and distribute electronic versions of print publications. From its inception, Scribe has developed publishing technologies geared to an electronic workflow and electronic products. In 1999, Scribe began to focus on the entire publishing process to meet increases in the demand from an ever-broadening clientele. Scribe offers a full range of services to facilitate multipurpose publishing to over one hundred clients.
Scribe is an American company, with locations in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Allentown, Pennsylvania; and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We collaborate with our clients and their vendors to meet their needs.
We offer a full complement of services in addition to workflow training and development to streamline print and electronic publishing. Scribe provides a complete range of editorial and production services from data conversion to typesetting to e-book development. Clients can supply us with material in any format and we can output it in nearly any other. We also develop and implement XML systems. Scribe has operated within our Well-Formed Document Workflow since our inception.
All Scribe staff possess editorial skills and are trained in project management, strong client communication, and in fulfilling the rigorous expectations of the publishing industry. Our employees are proficient in numerous languages, enabling us to produce multilingual works. We offer all of our services for Spanish-language publications.
Scribe offers a revolutionary approach to publishing—the Well-Formed Document Workflow and process management—that ensures superior quality and competitive pricing. The WFDW allows us or your staff to develop publications and distribute them in any format.
Since 2008, we have produced over 1,000 titles each year, with annual output growth exceeding 20 percent.
Since 1999, Scribe's revenues have grown at an average annual rate of over 30 percent.
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.
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 a well-formed document. 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.
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.