Headquartered in Norderstedt, Germany, Books on Demand GmbH is a publication service company focusing on self-publishing platforms. This European market leader offers its services to Germany, France, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland. With this presence comes the need to cater to audiences in multiple European languages. Books on Demand approached Newgen to partner with them in converting more than 1000 books every month into different European languages.
With a large number of books being converted every month, Books on Demand was faced with coordinating with authors across multiple locations, managing transactions of files in different formats and accessing quality certification and difficulty in the distribution of the final conversion. Crunching the manual effort involved in this data conversion process was the challenge that Newgen took upon on this project.
The Solution Delivered
With automation as its primary goal, Newgen enabled a custom-developed, web-based online platform called Checkboard for Books on Demand. This comprehensive system facilitates complete tracking and certification of the product before launching it into the market. The platform supports speedy delivery, quick quality checks and annotation of the revision points within the portal, enabling control of the end-to-end publishing solution of each book being converted. Armed with easy ways to communicate with authors via email configuration, allocation of files and tracking progress became quicker and effortless. With an inbuilt process to review, reject or approve any book, books got published sooner.
The Impact Created
Automating the process of review with such a robust system optimized the complete process of translation. By enabling speedy deliveries and quicker quality checks, Checkboard has been a comprehensive system that has been successfully operating for the past five years.