1 What's your company called?
Librios. We create websites providing subscription access to content, workflow systems and community platforms for organisations in the publishing, arts and research industries.
2 What services or products do you offer?
Librios platforms let you sell online access to content and improve production workflows. Publishers can import books from Word, edit them online and sell access in the site shop at chapter or book level, or as a coursepack made of content from different publications. Content can be searched, reordered and published directly from the platform in many different formats, including InDesign and epub files. Customers use dedicated reading tools such as highlights, note-taking and citations, or features like advanced facet searching and media libraries. We always look to work with publishers and users to develop new features, and to create communities around content.
3 How can you help IPG members?
Our goal is to help publishers monetise and repurpose their content by selling access online. We’ve recently developed a new product, the Librios NextGen platform
, designed to help small to medium sized publishers repurpose their content to reduce production costs and create additional revenues streams using a digital-first approach.
4 What do you enjoy about working in publishing?
Collaborating with people who are passionate about their books and their readers. Helping publishers realise their ideas by developing online platforms and working to create the best product possible for their users.
5 What do you think is the single biggest opportunity and the single biggest threat for independent publishers right now?
Technology. Independent publishers can’t get left behind in the push for more efficient digital-first workflows and online subscription access to books, but also don’t have the resources of larger companies to invest in these types of platforms.
However, smaller, more agile organisations are also much better placed to make the type of informed, fast-paced decisions to keep up with the pace of changing technology, get greater control over their online distribution, and have a close relationship with their users.
6 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
Librios powers the IPG website, so we get a good working relationship and lots of ideas for improvements to the community and membership aspects of our platforms.