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When the time comes to adopt a digital workflow, P-Shift's expert team does the heavy lifting for you.

Our specialists support you in implementing services that meet your needs — XML file preparation, EPUB creation, file storage, file output, or e-distribution.

To learn more about how we developed P-Shift and the experience of University of Toronto Press, click here.

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How P-Shift Works

  

Submit Your Manuscript

Submit Your Manuscript

You submit project files in MS Word. Using eXtyles® editorial software, our team formats your raw manuscript using a template designed for scholarly books and journals. Because this step takes place before copyediting begins, your editors, authors, and copy-editors can still work in Microsoft Word.

Rich XML Tagging

Rich XML Tagging

P-Shift staff then tag the manuscript, creating the XML structure, and run eXtyles routines that clean up the document. Files are processed for misspelled words, incorrect punctuation, and invalid URLs; reference or bibliography entries are edited to the specified style; Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and Medline links are retrieved and inserted.

This step produces a uniform Word file with inconsistencies removed, structure added, and comments highlighting errors for the copy editor to follow up, which improves productivity and saves money.

Copyediting

Copyediting

We then return the file to you as a Word document, which your existing copy editors can work on as usual.

Final Processing

Final Processing

Once P-Shift receives files back after copy editing, our Final Processing pass checks for and corrects any misapplied paragraph or character styles, checks for new reference entries and re-runs the appropriate processes, and re-runs Citation Matching to catch new citations, reference entries, figures, tables, or notes. Author Processing identifies author/editor first and last names, at both book and chapter levels.

The file is then exported and validated as richly tagged XML. If typesetting is to be done in InDesign, we transform to our InDesign-optimized CompXML.

Typesetting

Typesetting

Typesetting can be done by you or by P-Shift. If you are using InDesign, we’ll provide an InDesign-optimized CompXML file so that your staff can keep working in familiar software. In CompXML, XML elements are modified with attributes that InDesign will correctly interpret as paragraph or character styles. When image files are named according to the naming protocol used in the XML file, images are auto-linked with one click when the XML file is imported to InDesign, and can be placed more precisely during typesetting without the need to manually locate and link each one.

Both print and ePDF, as well as archive XML, can be stored in the DAM; as well as forming the basis for your EPUB edition, the XML archive gives you the flexibility to request further transforms in the future.

EPub

EPub

P-Shift is now branching out to EPUB3, which not only supports a lot of new features that otherwise weren’t possible or extremely difficult to support in EPUB2, but also, and perhaps more importantly, the move to EPUB3 represents a major step toward much richer and more robust navigation, metadata, and accessibility for digital books.

 

EPUB3

Everyone in publishing is talking about EPUB3 and all the great features digital books can now include. EPUB3 includes improved support for accessibility and far richer metadata, providing, among other things, more versatility for your content. Better metadata and accessibility are extremely important for all digital books.

P-Shift can help you with all of your EPUB needs. Whether your book is simple text, or complex with many figures and illustrations, P-Shift will be able to help you publish flawless, easy-to-use digital versions of all your projects.

Metadata

Metadata

Better metadata and accessibility are extremely important for all digital books, and we are doing our part by continuing to create and supply EPUB files that meet the current best practices.

Landmarks

Landmarks

While the TOC nav links to the main elements of a book as usual, including a Landmarks navigational feature provides an additional, simpler means of pointing to key aspects of the book in a reading environment supports this feature. For example, some reading devices offer a “start reading” button that takes you to the beginning of the main text; reading devices may also have multiple buttons or links for elements such as the index, glossary, and copyright page.

Page-list Navigation

Page-list Navigation

The Page-list navigational feature is most exciting to us because of its instant benefit to non-fiction publications. This new feature relies on the printed page numbers that we are already encoding within the digital files based on their equivalent locations. This means we now have a reliable counterpart to the print book that is accessible directly in the EPUB for individual page navigation. Imagine being a student in a class with the EPUB version of the textbook, and the instructor tells everyone to turn to page 79; now you can easily and accurately navigate to the location in the text that is equivalent to the print version.

Multimedia

Multimedia

An EPUB3 book can include many extra features, thanks to support for HTML5 and Javascript, including embedded video and audio, media overlays, and real-time interactivity.

These new features allow ebooks to be taken to a whole new level. Audio features allow you to include language samples, pronunciation guides, music, or speeches; visual elements can include not only full-colour images but also videos, all of which can enhance the reading and learning experience.

P-Shift’s DAM

TeleScope™ (Digital Asset Management or DAM)

P-Shift’s digital asset management (DAM) system was developed by North Plains Systems and includes sophisticated search, storage, and distribution functionality. It is one of the most comprehensive and effective tools available for working securely with digital files.

The digital asset management (DAM) system organizes all documents in the project workflow, including manuscripts, images, print-ready bundles, e-publishing files, budgets and contracts. UTP’s e-publishing experts review your DAM requirements and develop a detailed discovery process so that training is customized to your requirements.

While other DAM repositories focus on storage and distribution of content through digital channels, our hosted, web-based service offers an end-to-end e-publishing solution. The secure system lets you upload, store, share, manage, retrieve and distribute files, and it maintains distribution records. Our system stores change history and older versions of working files, and it “locks” files that are in use as a protection against the creation of multiple master documents.

P-Shift’s DAM system has a proven record of success with Thomson-Reuters, HarperCollins, Scholastic, Wiley-Blackwell, and Warner Brothers.

Read more about the benefits of P-Shift’s DAM

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Testimonials

We have been very happy with P-Shift and the quality of the work. Our authors and suppliers are working with the files without problem thanks to the very good communication and guidelines that have been provided

Glenn Lisa Saltzman, Editorial, Design, and Production Manager

Georgetown University Press

Georgetown University Press

General consensus is that we love it. It’s really exciting to see the first [epub from P-Shift]

Christine McConnell, Publications and Membership,

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association

Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association

Our test book yielded great results, and significant savings of time and trouble in various steps of the process

Sharis Simonian, Senior Production Editor

Island Press

Island Press

We appreciate the advantages of working with eXtyled files, and the resulting ePUBs are exceptional. We have a long-term online-only project that is much easier because we are using P-Shift. After copyediting the Word files here, we send the UTP-produced HubXML to the project manager, who is thrilled to have properly coded files to use.

I also must say that you have exceptional people working there. [The P-Shift staff is] knowledgeable, professional, and an absolute joy to work with.

Laura Furney, Assistant Director and Managing Editor

University Press of Colorado

University Press of Colorado

P-Shift has helped us make the transition from print to digital publications in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The file prep team is professional, efficient, and supportive. We’ve been incredibly impressed with their ability to hit deadlines and go the extra mile to respond to our questions and meet our particular needs.

Lesley Erickson, Editor

UBC Press

UBC Press

About Us

P-Shift, developed by University of Toronto Press specifically for scholarly presses, is Canada’s first e-publishing solution to integrate editorial and digital asset management capabilities. From XML conversion to digital distribution, P-Shift will take the guesswork out of your digital publishing strategy.

UTP has drawn on more than 100 years of publishing expertise in its selection of platforms and partners:
• TeleScope™ digital asset management (DAM) system
• eXtyles® editorial software
• Apex CoVantage, developer of our XSL transformations

Together, this comprehensive suite of services will ease the stress on your busy editorial and production staff, reinvigorate your production processes, and allow your press to focus on publishing outstanding scholarly works.

Contact us today to book your demo!