We are a powerful team of software engineers, product managers, editors and publisher relations folk based in Charleston, SC. We work with leading publishers and cultural institutions around the world—finding new audiences for the books, maps, images, documents, sounds and moving images they digitize, publish and curate.
We have built a PatronsFirst™ user experience that works elegantly across all web and mobile platforms and eliminates the complexity and cumbersome nature of current library interfaces.
We launched BiblioBoard® in March 2013 with the firm belief that if libraries can affordably create user-experiences that compete with those of consumer companies like Amazon and Apple, it will create a more lucrative institutional sales model for publishers and transform information access for society.
We were the seventh fastest-growing media company in the 2012 Inc. 500 (right behind Facebook). We enjoy what we do, and we do it very well. We are self-funded, profitable and optimistic about the future. We are proud to be a part of the Silicon Harbor and a strong contributing member to Charleston’s local tech community.
The management team of BiblioLabs didn't exactly just wake up one day with an idea. It was more of an evolution. Although the founders all had very different backgrounds and skill sets, they were originally brought together by a common desire to see print-on-demand (POD) publishing become mainstream. The POD company they founded in 2000 was aptly named BookSurge.
After working for many years to achieve market acceptance by publishers, distributors and retailers, they reached a major milestone when Amazon.com acquired BookSurge in 2005 to broaden its catalog of offerings. Amazon successfully integrated the technology, and it has transformed bookselling worldwide.
This same leadership team re-formed and in 2011, entered the mobile content distribution business. They launched a very successful consumer iPad app in partnership with the British Library that opened up mobile access to over 80,000 books in the library’s 19th-century collections. This experience led to building online publishing tools that let any library or museum easily and inexpensively create elegant native mobile and web apps from their archives and special collections.
In March 2013, BiblioBoard Library launched with hundreds of curated Anthologies containing historical content (books, images, ephemera, sounds and videos) from archives and national libraries all over the world. BiblioBoard won a Publishing Innovation Award (PIA), QED (Quality, Excellence, Design) award and was chosen as The Charleston Advisor’s Best Mobile App for Libraries.
In November 2013, an ePUB reader was added to BiblioBoard, and quickly, eBooks from over 300 traditional publishers were integrated to the platform. Every day, BiblioBoard adds new publisher partners, with current numbers exceeding 600 publishers. More recently, the company completed work on its own video hosting platform.
In a short time, BiblioBoard has covered a lot of ground with a new vision for publishers and libraries. Today, the platform offers millions of pages of content from several hundred publishers, and it is used by thousands of libraries.
BiblioBoard is disruptive and important, and we are thrilled to still be at the heart of the new global publishing paradigm.