Book design and production
BBR has been combining great content with great design since 1984. Whether for our own projects or commissions from other publishers, we apply ruthless attention to both detail and structure. Our work is bold, refined, deceptively simple.
If you’re publishing books, journals, conference proceedings or research reports, involve BBR at any point in your production process. We provide a full range of editorial, design and production services in-house that can be tailored to your individual requirements, or we can project manage titles all the way from typescript to finished book.
Page design and make-up
We’re passionate about typography, and have a reputation for creating clean and elegant layouts in both mono and full colour. Use us for contract work or bespoke projects: we’re comfortable with anything from simple single-column bookwork to 700-page engineering conference proceedings, or wildlife atlases with hundreds of maps, photos and diagrams. We work in InDesign, and use AppleScript and Unix shell scripts for task automation.
Proofreading and copy-editing
If you’re a pedant for apostrophes, or you cringe at crap hyphenation, then we’d like to work for you. When it comes to preparing manuscripts for publication, we tackle anything from simple proofreading through to substantive and technical editing. We can use your established house style, work with you to create a new one, or take the Chicago Manual and Shorter Oxford as default. A detailed before/after report via BBR TextCompare provides a character-level audit trail for all on-screen edits.
We work from first principles of clarity and consistency, making us perfect for knocking multi-author volumes into shape, or bringing the best out of inexperienced writers. Our UK-based editorial staff are educated to degree level or higher, and recent projects have seen us working in fields as diverse as history, materials processing, English literature, healthcare, gerontology, Korean studies and natural history.