What does Bibliocloud® do?

  • It holds all your information:
  • book title information such as the title, the ISBN, the format, the subject classifications and a host of other data to make your titles discoverable
  • contract information – the details of the deal you made with the author or agent
  • your address book
  • book title information such as the title, the ISBN, the format, the subject classifications and a host of other data to make your titles discoverable
  • contract information – the details of the deal you made with the author or agent
  • your address book
  • production information – the details of your printings, including estimates, specs and print orders
  • rights information – the rights you’ve licensed, and then sub-licensed
  • sales, payments and advances information

  • And it does a bunch of publishing tasks for you, including:
  • generating AI pdfs
  • generating batches of royalty statements
  • sending ONIX to organisations such as Nielsen and Amazon
  • sending print orders to your printers

  • It helps with the process of getting books from soup to nuts:
  • Schedules with a Gantt chart view
  • Acquisition management
  • Forecasting and actuals on title and product-level P&Ls

  • It’s pragmatic, with tools to help in the real publishing world:
  • Amazon real-time data checker
  • Discoverability scorecard
  • BIC Excellence scorecard
  • Incremental ONIX, API and Excel template exporters for a growing list of third parties including Samsung, Qbend, Ingram etc
  • Background FTPing of covers and data
  • Dead simple sales importers from your distributor and Amazon
  • Rights Guide
  • One-click multi-page catalogues, straight into PDF or a XML for import into an InDesign template
  • Product API for integration with your customer facing website
And plenty more. Biblocloud provides all the tools you need to run a successful publishing business. Read much more about what Bibliocloud offers in The Bibliocloud Book.
What is Bibliocloud?
Bibliocloud is a website that you log in to. More specifically, it's a Ruby on Rails 4.x and jQuery app, hosted by Heroku. Its data is stored in a PostgreSQL database and its assets are stored on Amazon's S3 service. Websites such as Airbnb and Twitter are written in Ruby on Rails. Bibliocloud is accessible from any device, from anywhere with a web connection. It's beautiful, intuitive and easy to use. And we're proud to say that it won the Futurebook Best Technology Innovation award in 2013.
Who is in the team behind Bibliocloud?
Bibliocloud is a product from General Products Ltd, the sister company of Snowbooks, an award-winning independent publisher based near Oxford, UK. General Products enjoys the company of a wide range of publishing and technical experts who make up a team that provides thoughtful, tailored help to address your precise workflow, implementation and system needs.
If you're publishers, how come you're writing code?

We founded Snowbooks twelve years ago. We publish into a number of genres, primarily SF/Fantasy, steampunk, horror and YA. We’ve won two British Book “Nibbie” Awards, an IPA Trade Publisher award, and our books have won and been shortlisted for numerous prizes including the Arthur C Clarke and the Philip K Dick.

We consider ourselves successful in terms of both our output and our approach: we’re a deliberately small publisher, preferring to automate our processes and strive for efficiency rather than having a bloated cost base so that we can focus on what matters: finding excellent writing and stylishly bringing it to readers.

A decade of steadily automating away the drudge has left us proficient programmers: first in XML and XSLT and now in the tools of the web development trade: Ruby on Rails, jQuery, SQL, HTML5 and CSS3 and database management on PostgreSQL. Using these tools, we’ve built Bibliocloud to be an enterprise management application which takes care of almost every aspect of our business. Snowbooks has relied on Bibliocloud throughout the app's development: at the end of 2012 we started to license its use to other publishers and organisations.

Where do I start?
We'll work with your company to implement Bibliocloud in the way that best fits your company. Here is a vanilla implementation plan.
Can I have a demo?
Sure, once we've got to know each other a little better. First, watch the demo videos. They're exactly what we'd work through together in person, so it's good for you to look at them first, in case Bibliocloud isn't right for you. You can also read our ebook on what sort of companies most benefit from Bibliocloud. If you like what you see in all that, then drop us a line. We always go to London Book Fair and Frankfurt Book Fair which can be a convenient place to start.
Why are you called General Products Ltd?

In Larry Niven's fictional Known Space universe, General Products is a company which produces various spacecraft components.

The most famous (and most profitable) items produced by General Products are General Products hulls, which are advertised as being impervious to anything apart from visible light (as defined by wavelengths visible to any of the species which are customers of General Products), antimatter, and gravity.

We've named our enterprise in tribute to this fictional company which created such things of wonder, technical brilliance and utility. [More].

How does Bibliocloud compare to other products?

It's up to you to decide if Bibliocloud's features, benefits, design and pricing are what's best for your company. Follow the tour and look at the pricing page to see if Bibliocloud is right for you. You can also read our one-pager called "Why make the move to Bibliocloud?".

I am small / new / independent / don't have a budget. Can I have a discount?

We offer some discounts.

  • If you are distributed by ACE sales and marketing company Inpress, you can access Bibliocloud for free.
  • We provide a 10% discount for registered charities and academic presses.
  • We have a referral scheme, where you can get a rebate on your license fee if you introduce other companies to Bibliocloud. Ask for details.

We do not offer any other discounts and we don't negotiate on price.

Why don't you negotiate on price?

Because then the best negotiators would get the best price. We'd rather everyone gets the best price, and so we publish the lowest price we can support. If every price was negotiated, you'd never know if you were getting a good price. All our customers get a good price because we're open about our policies.

Do you do cheaper types of licenses e.g. read-only? Can I just buy the title management module?

No. Bibliocloud comes as a complete package, all modules and access levels included. We don't like the model of low upfront costs for basic functionality, followed by high per-module costs once you're committed. To that end, we do not charge for code development, either -- unless it's something really weird that we don't approve of e.g. producing an ONIX 1.0 feed.

Why do you charge per user, not per title / book / feature module?

When you pay more for particular features in a piece of software, you can be tempted into buying multiple pieces of software based on their price: title management from company A, royalties management from company B, rights management from company C, for example. The hidden costs of this in repetitive typing, error correct and system integration are damaging to your business and we don't want to enable that.

Do you provide support? Is it extra?

Email support is included as part of the user license fee. See our services page for details.

Will you come to talk to us about our processes / metadata management / more strategic questions?

Sure. See our services page for our services and rates.

You don't seem to support function X? What will it take to add it?

If it's a good idea, we'll add it for free. The whole Bibliocloud community benefits from your good idea. Most requests are very simple and we continually modify and enhance the system based on user requests.

Can Bibliocloud generate my AI to our design?

Yes. We code your exact design in as an export from Bibliocloud as part of the implementation process.

How can I get all my existing data in to Bibliocloud?

For metadata, we tend to suggest that we buy back your data from Nielsen or Bowker in ONIX format. Nielsen charge around £600 for that. Then we have a nice complete starting point. The added benefit there is that we get to audit your real-world data. If you are currently using a competing system, we can usually import your data from that. We can import any remaining data from a Google Sheets spreadsheet template.

For other sorts of data -- contacts, rights, royalties, contracts, production -- we'll have to have a chat to see what the current state of your data is. We have a lot of bulk upload tools, but we can't promise anything until we've seen your data.