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Ask the Graphic Designer

One of Siliconchips greatest strengths is the people, and our prospective clients can benefit from getting to know those people and from learning the processes that we use to create their finished project.This interview with our graphic designers was done with the hope that it can make the design process more transparent. Q: What’s the [...]

Great Moments: The Kish Tablet

(Enmerkar’s) speech was very grand; its meaning very profound. But the messenger’s mouth was too heavy, and he could not repeat the message. Because the messenger’s mouth was too heavy and he could not repeat it, the Lord of Kulab (Enmerkar) patted some clay and put the words on it as on a tablet. Before [...]

Great Moments: The Printing Press

Johann Gensfleischzur Laden zum Gutenberg wasn’t an inventor by trade, he was a goldsmith. Spending years working on the first printing press in secrecy, Gutenberg didn’t just use existing technology in new ways, he created new processes to make his invention work. Olives and grapes had been pressed for centuries before Gutenberg co-opted the machine, [...]

Ask the CEO

In a recent conversation with the founder and director of Siliconchips, Shahid Chowdhary (SC), I took the opportunity to ask some questions I, Kristin (K) think many would like to know the answers to: First, why did you choose publishing as the industry you wished to be involved in? SC: This is a very fast [...]

All About Editing

Editing is an art, working in concert with the author. It’s not just about pulling out the proverbial red pen and marking up a document, it’s about making the written work the best it can possibly be. But not all edits are the same. In discussing editing, it’s important to know the different levels and [...]

Why outsourcing to a strategic partner is the key to success!

Companies looking to find cost-effective ways to focus on their core business while still fulfilling the needs of their customers just might find outsourcing the key to success. Increasing efficiency and competitiveness while lowering labor costs and overhead through outsourcing is an idea that has been proven successful over time. Outsourcing in target specific industries [...]

Why consider publishing service provider with a global presence?

When selecting a publishing partner, there are several aspects to consider; whether that partner has a global presence might not be on your radar…but it should be. Beyond the considerations of communication, performance quality, cost, and timeliness, how that partner chooses to manage their business is an indicator of how they will care for yours. [...]

What’s the deal with dashes?

En dash, em dash, hyphen–when do you use them? Which one do you use? How on earth can you tell them apart? If you’re not a professional copyeditor, you might never have considered the need to use more than one kind of dash. While the wrong dash is more of a technical error than a [...]

The Importance of Editing

Writing isn’t easy. There are times when you realize you’ve lost an hour staring out the window waiting for the next word to come. Once you’ve finished writing your manuscript, the relief and satisfaction is palpable. But you’re not done yet! The final step before you can send your writing out is to edit it. [...]

Editing Your Own Work: The Key Steps

When sending your writing to a copyeditor isn’t possible, how can one ensure the best possible work? While it’s true that feedback from a professional is best, there are times when it’s just not possible to take the time or to incur the cost of those services. In those instances, there are steps you, as [...]

The World of Academic Journal Submissions

Topics ranging from plastic bag usage in Japan to the sanitation practices of rural Africa, and everything in between, can be found in an academic journal. But what elevates a periodical to the category of an academic journal? It’s more than the topics covered, it’s about content, the quality of that content, and the process [...]

Workflow Breakdowns in Larger Firms: Why They Happen, What to Do About Them

Efficiency in business comes down to reaching goals with the highest degree of quality and speed possible. When workflow breaks down and this efficiency fails, it’s worth questioning why it happened and how to prevent it in the future. The breakdown of workflow in our clients at larger firms comes down to a failure of […]

Why automate the workflows and pass the savings to clients?

Automation in workflow is a valuable tool that allows your business to work more efficiently and pass the savings on to clients, developing a strong customer foundation. Siliconchips Services can design a software solution or a tool or write a script that will make your company’s workflow hands-free. Entering data is a tedious task that […]

What makes a good team!

Building a team requires consideration of the team’s goals, members, and roles to make a great team and succeed! Having a team that performs is vital to business success. Determine if your team is working by evaluating the following elements. How well does your team communicate? Teams that communicate well have open lines of communication […]

Top 5 positive qualities of entrepreneurs

The difference between a successful entrepreneur and everyone else comes in the form of a few differences in personality and behavior. Develop these attitudes and traits to increase the likelihood that your endeavors will be fruitful. Entrepreneurs Are Driven Being a self-starter is essential to success as an entrepreneur. While plenty of people are born […]

Publishing Service and IT Service Expertise

Siliconchips Services is a publishing and IT service provider with expertise in all areas of the services we provide. Publishing Services Pre-press publishing services demand skill and knowledge in multiple areas. Our professional teams are well-versed in the processes used in producing academic, educational, trade, and commercial pieces and preparing them for publication. The crack […]

For Clients Who “Own” What They Produce, Trust Is Key Factor for Vendor Success

Trust is critical to every financial transaction. Trusting others to help bring what you “own” to market requires an extra layer of trust because the results will have an impact on your reputation as well as your bottom line. When you’re an editor or writer in search of a publisher for something you’ve brought forth […]

5 Reasons Siliconchips Services Is More Flexible Than Large Companies

Siliconchips Services provides a much greater degree of flexibility than larger companies offering pre-press publishing services. Efficient and appropriate reactions to changes in planning or implementation are key to pre-press publishing, printing, and IT services, but large companies can’t always respond with the nimbleness required. Let’s discuss these five ways we can leverage flexibility over […]

Workplace Breakdowns in Larger Firms

Why They Happen, What to Do about Them By Shahid Chowdhary Efficiency in business comes down to reaching goals with the highest degree of quality and speed possible. When workflow breaks down and this efficiency fails, it’s worth questioning why it happened and how to prevent it in the future. The breakdown of workflow in […]

Truly Global Team

Siliconchips Services offers comprehensive publishing assistance, printing preparation, and software development to companies throughout Europe and the United States. We have a truly global team with multiple locations throughout the world. This design allows us to pass on the benefits of expertise from all over the globe, providing the expert-level assistance required to make your […]

Top 5 reasons for local Copy Editors

Copy writing is an essential element for companies looking to work their way up the Google results page. You might not imagine the usefulness of local copy editors, but they’re essential. Consider these top 5 reasons for choosing local copy editors. Spot the Small Mistakes Local copy editors will be much more likely to identify […]

Top 5 reasons for local Content writer

As the concept of “book smart” is replaced by “Google smart,” the importance of hiring a capable content writer becomes increasingly important. In your hiring search, here are the top 5 reasons for choosing a local content writer over a cheaper, distant one. Relatable to the Reader A writer who is unfamiliar with the subject […]

Why Do We Stand Out?

Siliconchips Services, a provider of end-to-end publishing and software solutions stands out as a reliable and consistently superior source of publishing, printing, and IT services. When readying content to bring to publication, making sure that adjustments and improvements maintain the intended voice and purpose are essential parts of the process. At Siliconchips Services, relationships between […]

End-to-End Publishing Services

End-to-end publishing services from Siliconchips Services help established, leading brands bring content to publication faster and cheaper, while also helping burgeoning authors find publication possible when it otherwise would be elusive. Our native speaking proofreaders, copyeditors, content area specialists, project managers, and more listen to your needs and screen works for everything from glaring errors […]

The Complete Checklist for Academic Journal Manuscript Submissions

When you have struggled through the process of research and composition to produce an academic thesis, getting the manuscript published is a matter of great pride. However, manuscript submission cannot guarantee publication. Even though your idea may be unique and your research and writing impeccable, your chosen journal might still reject the manuscript. Protentional reasons […]

10 Best Self-Publishing Books

Long gone are the days when writers had to wait to hear from a publishing company to know whether their books would be published. While traditional publishing still holds a high status, digital books are catching up. One of the digital publishing avenues that authors, especially new ones, are opting for is self-publishing. Here, writers […]

How Digital Publishers are Changing the Publishing Scene

The 21st century is a digital era. It began with the emergence of smart phones and has progressed to the point that digital content is now a huge part of our lives. From newspapers to sales and marketing, the digital world covers it all. It has also taken over the world of book publishing. Although […]

Grammar Tips for the Perfect Copy

Content is the most important element of any copy, be it an academic write-up, a newspaper article, or a blog post. A novel idea or a unique writing style always attracts readers. However, all your hard work will be pointless if the grammar in your writing is not up to par. It is essential that […]

Our Proofreading and Editing Process!

Copy editing and proofreading are essential stages of content publishing. While a copyeditor focuses on the factual correctness and tone of the content, a proofreader’s duty is to rectify the minor errors. The copyeditor and proofreader, together as a team, make sure that the content is readable and error-free. Siliconchips Services Ltd. is a leading […]

All about Siliconchips Services’ End-to-End Journal Publication Services

Journal publication is not only about finding relevant content or articles. It includes several processes like editing, formatting, typesetting, etc. to prepare content for publication. While all this is important, it can be quite challenging for the journal publishers. This challenge is where Siliconchips Services, Ltd. comes into the picture. We are a publishing company […]

Advantages of Having a Native Speaker as Copyeditor

A copyeditor is essential for great content. While writers put their thoughts into words, the copyeditors ensure that the words convey the right meaning to the reader. Whether content is fiction or non-fiction, having a copyeditor go through your work is extremely important. Role of a Copyeditor The copyeditor is a professional who checks and […]

5 Stages of the Writing Process

Writing is a complex process. You may be writing a research paper, a thesis, a book, or even a blog post, but putting your thoughts into words on paper (or Word document) is not enough. Your thoughts are unstructured, but writing requires structure. Without proper planning and research, it may not seem authentic either. Hence, […]

Top Benefits of Outsourcing

Outsourcing is the reality of most businesses. It is the act of hiring a third party on a contractual basis to take care of some core competencies or services. While outsourcing has been around for several years, it only became popular recently. Nevertheless, there are still companies that are unsure that the benefits of outsourcing […]

Artificial Intelligence in publishing

Technology, specifically Artificial Intelligence, is revolutionizing the publishing world. How well companies adapt to this change in paradigm may very well directly affect their survival. An effective AI strategy saves time and money while improving how well the content drives your message and your audience. In the publishing arena, AI can help publishers with targeted […]

5 Stages of the Writing Process

Writing is a complex process. You may be writing a research paper, a thesis, a book or even a blog post, but putting your thoughts into paper (or Word document) is not enough. You thoughts are unstructured. Moreover, without proper planning and research, it may not seem authentic as well. Hence, following a step-by-step guide […]

5 Tips for Writing a PhD Thesis

A PhD is the ultimate degree. Getting a doctorate is a matter of honour, as it reflects your knowledge, perseverance and hard work. While there is glory to a PhD, the road to it is not easy. In fact, the long years of research and bringing together the thesis is not everyone’s cup of tea. […]

The Complete Checklist for Academic Journal Manuscript Submissions

When you have put in your best to write an academic thesis, getting the manuscript published is a matter of great pride. However, manuscript submission cannot guarantee publishing. While your idea may be unique and your research and writing impeccable, your chosen journal can still reject the manuscript. The reasons could be lack of organization, […]

Grammar Tips for the Perfect Copy

Content is the most important while writing any copy, be it an academic write-up, a newspaper article or a blog post. A novel idea or a unique writing style always attracts readers. However, all your hard work can go for a toss if the grammar in your writing is not up to the mark. Be […]

6 Reasons for Poor Quality Translation Work

Content translation is imperative if you want to reach a wider audience. However, while it is necessary, translation can be tricky as well. Often the translated content is technically correct but does not seem to be right. This mainly happens if the tone of the translated content does not match the original. Conversely, there are […]

Siliconchips Services Ltd: Our Proofreading and Editing Process

Copy editing and proofreading are essential stages of content publishing. While a copyeditor focuses on the factual correctness and tone of the content, a proofreader’s duty is to rectify the minor errors. The copyeditor and proofreader, together as a team, make sure that the content is readable and error-free. Siliconchips Services Ltd. is a leading […]

Incomplete fonts? Use these fixes

Twitter was a-storm this week over typefaces. What started as an innocent question by author Sean Richardson – ‘reveal the deepest part of yourself: Which font and which size do you write in?’ – opened the floodgates for some very impassioned arguments and deep, engrained feeling to come boiling to the surface. So far, so […]

Siliconchips: Leading Company for Local Scanning of Books

Publishing has evolved into a whole new world in the recent years. Right from the introduction of newer and faster technologies for print publishing to the increasing need for digital publication, there are several brand new trends in the publishing world. The London Book Fair (LBF) is an event that showcases all these and much […]

Siliconchips at The London Book Fair

Siliconchips at The London Book Fair: For All Your Academic and Scholarly Publishing Needs The London Book Fair is set to open on March 10′ 2020. It is a 3-day event that would end on March 12′ 2020. One of the most prestigious events, the London Book Fair brings together both print and digital publishers […]

Tips for Checking Reference before Publishing

The role of a copyeditor does not end with checking the spellings, grammar and sentence structure of a document or write-up. Rather, fact or reference check is an essential part of his or her job. While it is writer’s responsibility to check whether what they have written is factually correct, the copyeditor would also be […]

Why local presence is must for Outsourcing world?

Top Benefits of Outsourcing Outsourcing is the reality of most businesses. It is the act of hiring a third party on a contractual basis to take care of some of your core competencies or services. While outsourcing has been around for several years, it only became popular in the recent times. Nevertheless, there are still […]

Most-abandoned books on GoodReads

Many of us have physical bookshelves at home crammed with books that we loved. Some of us also have many books we haven’t even opened yet. Likewise many of us have virtual bookshelves stuffed to the gills with much-beloved and to-be-read tomes. And then there are the books that we tried – and failed – […]

VAT on digital books – Explained

Since their advent, eBooks have been subject to Value Added Tax and – for the same amount of time – there have been cries and petitions to scrap this so-called ‘reading tax’. For partially sighted and blind people in particular, eBooks (and audiobooks) are the only way some people can read, and the inclusion in […]

Wondering what you missed?

Now that we’ve ushered in the new year, media outlets around the globe have published their takes on the best or most defining books of the past year. Publishers Weekly has its Best Books of 2019; GoodReads’ Choice Awards for 2019 are here; Barack Obama’s favourite books of 2019 appeared on Twitter:   The Telegraph […]

Significant eReader market shrinkage by 2024 – should publishers be worried?

A report from MarketWatch predicts that the eReader market in the US will decline by 12.7% per annum over the next five years. Note that this is a prediction for the devices themselves, not eBooks. Nate Hoffelder over at The Digital Reader, who usually dismisses this kind of claim, thinks they might be on to […]

Advantages of Having a Native Speaker as Copyeditor

A copyeditor is essential for great content. While writers put their thoughts into words, the copyeditors ensure that the words convey the right meaning to the reader. The content might be fiction or non-fiction but having a copyeditor go through your work is extremely important. Role of a Copyeditor The copyeditor is a professional who […]

Fixed-format or Reflowable ebooks

Fixed-format or Reflowable? Following on from our last post about the merits of EPUB 2 versus EPUB 3, we wanted to talk about how publishers decide whether their books should be fixed-format or reflowable. But first, what do these terms mean? Fixed-format An example of a fixed-format eBook Fixed-format (or fixed-layout) is pre-paginated content, i.e. […]

EPUB 2 or EPUB 3?

What is EPUB? XML-based, EPUB is the most widely-supportede-book format other than PDF; that is, it is supported by almost all hardware and software (desktop) readers except for Kindle(whose proprietary formats often contain an originatingEPUB file anyway). EPUB 2 was the industry standard as of 2007, being supplanted in 2011 by EPUB 3, now on its second […]

Emoji in eBooks? Use HTML entities

Preceded by the emoticon, emoji were first launched in Japan in 1998 and spread to the rest of the world via the Unicode Consortium. It’s even possible to propose your own emoji to the Unicode Consortium, as described in this video from the WaPo. There are numerous articles on the ambiguity of emojis… …but for […]

Audible ruffles feathers with launch of Captions

Audible Captions aims to aid education by showing text versions of its audiobooks in the app, leading many publishers to cry infringement – Audible, after all, has audio rights, not text rights. The Bookseller gives more information on the different uses of Captions: “Captions will show text on screen as the book is narrated and will […]

Educational publisher makes the switch to ‘digital first’

Pearson has begun a new ‘digital first’ initiative for its textbooks, marking a departure from the traditional print publishing model. The US educational publisher will begin phasing out its physical textbooks in favour of keeping the digital editions up-to-date. Previously the company were updating printed books every three years, but with more students opting to […]

Creative Cloud and the capitalisation on a captive audience

Adobe shocked its Creative Cloud user base recently by informing them that using old versions of the software they’d been dutifully paying for was illegal and they could be sued by a mysterious third party. In an email to Gizmodo, Adobe had this to say: “Adobe recently discontinued certain older versions of Creative Cloud applications. […]

A book curated and written by an algorithm – the future of academic publishing?

Springer Nature have recently revealed a book created entirely by a computer. The book, created by an algorithm called Beta Writer, is a cross-corpus auto-summarization of publications from Springer Nature’s content platform, SpringerLink, and contains automatically created introductions, table of contents and succinct summaries of the articles, with hyperlinks leading to the original research papers. […]

The audio boom and beyond

Audiobooks as we know them now have been around since the 1980s, but have seen an incredible amount of growth in recent years – 13% since 2017 and a staggering 87% since 2014. A lot of this growth can be attributed to two things: accessibility: being able to listen to books via the smartphones we […]

E-Reader trends and statistics for 2019

Are eBooks dying? eBooks, no; eReaders, maybe yes. Following the ascension of the eBook some years ago, sales of late have plateaued. And while more e-reading devices were released in 2018 than in any other year, actual sales of eReaders declined. This seems not to be because less people are reading eBooks, but because eReaders […]

Coding skills boost development of digital journalism

  Knowing only programming language like HTML,CSS and JAVA are not only important but utilize all these skills in such way that digital journalism looks like more user friendly and lavishing . Good coding skills give better idea for digital data representation and more responsive. As the skills needed to work in digital journalism continue […]

Now it’s time for Google vs. Apple…

Now the time has come for Google’s own brand Android Pixel to go head-to-head with Apple’s newer version of iPhone oin smart phone world. The two Android smart phones are the first to carry Google’s branding without being associated with another manufacturer and are a clear mark in the sand by the Android-maker: the fight […]

How to make article reading more interesting online…

As more technology comes on floor, digital news paper and article publisher are making reading martial more attractive and interesting for user reading. By applying this they got result like, more average reading time spend on articles. As per forbs, half its traffic coming to it this way in any given month, felt the problem […]

What is ‘content first’ and is it the way forward?

Here ‘content first’ implies lots of challenges for publisher. As so many fast evolving themes in all type of digital devices it is very difficult for publisher, how to display right content with right format. The question then becomes one of efficiency – how do you create content and distribute it across multiple channels in […]

How data analysis sharpens up your content

Data analysis is very important factor to businesses. In fact, no business can survive without analyzing available data. Whether one wants to arrive at some marketing decisions or fine-tune new product launch strategy, data analysis is the key to all the problems. Merely analyzing data isn’t sufficient from the point of view of making a […]

Year on year online growth for publishers…

Nowadays people prefer reading newspapers online to any other way. One main reason is journalists are engaging with local people and local communities in ever greater numbers, and there’s a phenomenal appetite for – and engagement with – the great local content they produce. Company also seeing more and more local businesses advertising on digital […]

Digital publishing and the challenge of Smartphone content

People’s expectation and easiness of reading online content like magazine and newspaper growing exponential. Due to that, digital marketing organization should have the need for more short-form content (and the need to create specifically “short-form video” to cater towards non-desktop audiences), more palatable long-form content and so on. According to one of internet survey, the […]

Rushing For Revenue, Magazines Are Spending Millions on Their Own Pop Culture Festivals

Pop Culture Festival is new treads in big cities to get celebrity and some big guns on same platform. The anatomy of a pop culture festival is relatively consistent across all publishers: catchy and nostalgic music, high-quality food, unexpected laughs and pragmatic activism, with a healthy dose of celebrity. The “editorially-driven” component means that staff […]

Print Vs Digital. A big question lies on future of Book.

Due to rapidly converting digital world, people always would like to have everything digitize way. Any even digitize technology justify on some of precious things like money, time and comfort ability. Now people wanted to have everything to be compact and can carry with them in laptop and mobile. Book also one of subject of digitization world. But […]

Digital marketing using social media…

Marketing is one of main pillar of any fastest growing industry. And taking help of social media is one of common tricks now days. Instagram debuted Stories, a very ‘Snap chatty’ feature that allows users to share slideshows of images and video independently of their profiles, publishers have pounced on the opportunity to show off […]

Brexit impact and analysis on book world

A British referendum on whether to remain a member of the European Union or not is the single biggest “known unknown” hanging over the Europe and world. Now when, we knows what’s reality its seems like one way or another way many things going to impact as well as going to change. One of the […]

The Science of language – glossiest things of world.

As per Wikipedia, Linguistics is the scientific study of language, specifically language form, language meaning, and language in context. The earliest activities in the description of language have been attributed to the 4th century BCE Indian grammarian Pāṇini, who was an early student of inguistics and wrote a formal description of the Sanskrit language in his Aṣṭādhyāyī. As everyone knows Language is the most important tool to communicate and […]

“Smart Phone only user” or “Broadband at home user”???

As title says, it’s one of common question hanging around in common people mind. In world around, most of people have to think about this question due to economical expenditure. The new data also contain one other insight about the shifting connection patterns of adults: 15% of adults are now “cord cutters” in that they […]

Mobile supplants ‘fixed’ media as dominant source of online video

Due to fast moving technology evaluation and running human life, Mobile world becoming so much interesting and crucial part of our life. Now a day’s every bit of work is possible by either one way or another way on mobile. And even its seamless integration with rest of world made mobile more usable and time […]

Biggest debates in digital publishing over the few months – How the HTML 5 web apps perform vs native apps

From the last few months there is a biggest debate in digital publishing between native apps vs HTML 5 web apps. A Latest Report from comScore explains that mobile users are increasing and covering 65% of digital media time. So the question is that publisher should use HTML 5 web apps or native app. At […]

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