Book design & production

As a production controller for an independent publisher, it’s hard for me to overstate what a find Chris Reed and BBR are. The bane of a job like mine is quality control of supplier work, and BBR is the one supplier I can assign work to and simultaneously delegate quality control. I have complete confidence that the work returned will be quality-assured to a level as high if not higher than I could achieve in-house. Add to that the fact that he and his team are intelligent, amenable and reliable, and all boxes are emphatically ticked.

Dean Bargh, Production Director, Greenleaf Publishing

Although book covers might get all the publicity, designing the interior of a book requires no less skill and consideration. But whereas a good cover is intended to grab the reader’s attention, we believe a good interior shouldn’t get in the reader’s way.

So whether it’s a coffee-table book or an academic monograph, we focus on structure, consistency and typography to convey content clearly and effectively, while ensuring that reading and browsing remain a pleasurable experience.

Large-format illustrated titles have included histories of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal and the city of Manchester:

… and wildlife atlases with hundreds of maps, photos and tables:

At the mono and monograph end of the spectrum, we provide contract typesetting to trade and academic publishers, working within established house styles and templates. Some of these volumes have run to 1,000 pages or more:

Bespoke design in this format has included side-by-side parallel translations:

… and volumes of edited and annotated correspondence:

Please browse our Design samples section for more detailed examples of our book design work.

Enhanced typesetting

Before commencing a proofread or copy-edit, we run spellcheck and editing prep scripts to highlight potential problems. These range from the mundane (such as space missing after punctuation) through to predictable errors in more than 2,000 common words, compounds and phrases, making it straightforward to work through the text to fix what’s necessary.

The scripts are sensitive to UK and US English as appropriate, and provide for publisher-specific style preferences and word lists.

Together, these script-based checks provide a valuable layer of quality control at a fraction of the cost of a full edit and comprise a realistic halfway house between typesetting only and a full editing/setting package — ideal for situations where a book has been edited prior to submission and just needs a quick audit for publisher house style, spelling, etc.

Prices start at £2.50 per 1,000 words, or roughly £1 per page for a standard academic monograph.

Project management

BBR’s organisation and professionalism was greatly appreciated by our authors. We were able to delegate the entire production process to BBR, and all we had to do was sign the print order at the end. An excellent service.

Liverpool University Press

Combine book design and production with our editorial services for full project management all the way from typescript to finished book.

You can rely on BBR to: