For all of the innovative new digital products aimed at consumers, digital has continued to revolutionize the behind-the-scenes work of publishers. But editorial staff will tell you that they
So much of the digital focus today is on
could use a little more help. The art depart-
ment still has all the fun. And when it comes
to proofing and editing, editors are often left
wanting. Which is why John Pettigrew, an
editor with a love of technology, quit his publishing job, and
set to work developing a suite of tools for editors. We caught
up with Pettigrew ahead of the London Book Fair to talk
about his new product, Futureproofs.
e-books, but you decided to take on a behind-
the-scenes publishing problem: proo;ng and
editorial work;ow. Why?
While I’m a huge fan of reaching readers with
new technology, I’m an editor at heart. And I
believe that the question of how we ensure quality content will remain fundamental whatever
format our product takes, and that editors are
the key to quality. As a result, enabling them to
better perform their often underappreciated job
means developing the tools they need to do it
across all product types.
An Editor at Heart
BY ANDREW RICHARD ALBANESE
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Four questions for John Pettigrew,
founder of Cambridge Publishing
Solutions, whose first product,
Futureproofs, offers a suite of
digital tools to take book proofing
and editorial workflows
into the 21st century