Scribe’s editorial, production, and conversion services result in publications that are masterfully conceived and produced. All services are performed within the Well-Formed Document Workflow by a staff cross-trained in each aspect of publishing, thus bringing to bear both advanced technical skills and collaborative thinking to every challenge. Scribe’s core principle is simple: your content, no matter its source, ready to publish for delivery in any format, now and in the future.


Scribe offers all levels of editing and proofreading. Scribe’s unique approach to editorial services makes it a foundational element in the publishing chain. Just as our e-book development processes are never incidental or secondary, we treat our copyediting as foundational to a publication’s production within the Well-Formed Document Workflow. We perform mechanical editing, light, medium, and heavy copyediting, as well as multilingual services (Spanish, Greek, Hebrew). Scribe’s proofreading and indexing are second to none, making use of automated tools that make for increased accuracy without increasing costs. For works in their early stages, we offer manuscript evaluation, developmental editing, and author management.

Typesetting, Design, and Illustration

Whether through our ScML2PDF process or using a desktop publishing program, Scribe produces books that conform to the highest level of typographic standards and employ an optimized set of style rules. Our typeset files are built to ensure easy XML export for multipurpose output. Using the Well-Formed Document Workflow means that we employ the most efficient and effective method to produce books in the industry. Scribe also provides design and illustration services for book interiors, covers, and other ancillary publications materials.


We develop the industry’s best, most broadly compatible, accessible, and error-free e-books as a natural extension of the Well-Formed Document Workflow. Scribe’s methodology enables the production of multiple formats through one process. Our e-books are designed correctly—from the bottom up—as true electronic publications that take full advantage of the medium, rather than as an afterthought to print. Good e-book design means consistency across formats, as well as attention to the role of e-book design in shaping imprint identity. We develop strategies to handle your most complicated titles to make them maximally accessible, navigable, and searchable.

Data Conversion

Scribe brings all content into a single, consistent XML source—a well-formed document—during or prior to editorial work and always before production work begins. We derive all of our e-book outputs from this source, which ensures consistency, reusability, and the ability to “round-trip” for additional outputs. When new standards supersede current ones, your well-formed documents will easily port to new file formats at little or no cost. By converting your content to a regularized markup language, the value of your holdings is enhanced and ready for tomorrow’s formats.

Scribe Markup Language and other XMLs

Scribe has our own markup language, ScML, a robust XML that accommodates complex print requirements without sacrifice in the electronic publishing environment. ScML includes a flavor ideal for electronic-only needs as well as a fully articulated version for print. Through our Digital Hub, we are able to quickly convert from one format to another. Our DTD is publicly available and has been mapped out to many others, including TEI, DocBook, NIMAS, OSIS, Section 508, and XHTML. Most standards can be automatically derived, enabling us to efficiently adapt your publications to whatever formats your distributor requires. Further, Scribe can develop a customized DTD to your specific needs.