Updated: Jun 7
Founded in 1978, Boydell & Brewer is an academic press based from offices in Woodbridge near Cambridge, UK and Rochester, New York, USA. The publisher specialises in English and European historical and critical works and while Medieval studies originally formed the core of their list, the publisher has expanded to embrace the humanities in all periods up to and including the present day and also become one of the leading publishers of books on classical music. Boydell and Brewer has over 7100 titles in print or in production and publishes 250 new books per year.
Recently, as part of a business process review, Boydell and Brewer created a new pre-press department and began developing an XML workflow with in-house typesetting. As part of this new process they needed a modern and fully functional Digital Asset Management solution to store and workflow their assets between internal teams and external suppliers. Initially the main users are editorial, pre-press and production, but ultimately the plan is to widen the use of the software and involve all contributors including sales and marketing.
After just a few months the solution went live in 2020 and BiblioDAM has become the core collaboration software for all asset development, organisation and storage.
"We had a pressing requirement for a groupwide solution to manage the distribution of our files to our print partners and sales channels. We were asking our staff to do repetitive, time consuming tasks with no reliable audit trail or fail safe method of spotting omissions. We are very pleased with the BiblioDAM. It has allowed us to work much more efficiently and to get our books out to our vendors and customers that much more quickly. Virtusales has provided us with a cost-effective solution and I am pleased to recommend their services to other publishers."
James Powell, CEO, Boydell & Brewer
BiblioDAM is an advanced digital asset management system designed especially for publishers, enabling them to control and distribute any type of digital asset throughout its economic life, helping to generate more income and save time. BiblioDAM can be fully integrated with publishing and financial systems to provide a comprehensive suite of tools managing the creation, distribution and sale of books, journals, content and digital media. When implemented as part of the Biblio suite of software, BiblioDAM becomes even more powerful as users can access relevant assets from any related project from any module.
Built for publishers as either a stand-alone solution within a publisher’s systems landscape or as part of the powerful and comprehensive Biblio publishing suite.
Unique invite feature removes the need for FTP or emailing assets and enables third parties to become part of the asset workflow by directly downloading and uploading assets to the system
Assets can be locked, version-controlled, statuses assigned and output as part of an XML integration supporting the production process of both print and digital versions.
Assets can be automatically uploaded from pick-up folders and assigned to a relevant record.
When combined with Biblio’s Bibliographic, Production, Rights, Marketing and Contacts modules creates a powerful suite of integrated solutions and workflows.
Other Virtusales' customers using BiblioDAM include Penguin Random House, Harvard University Press, Pan Macmillan, the World Health Organisation, the International Labor Organisation, Walker Books, Candlwick Press, Bibliographisches Institut, Egmont UK, and many more.