Founded in 1983 by three ex-academics, UB Communications began as an editorial services company specializing in the preparation of academic publications. The principals—David R. Ursone, F. Lynn Bergesen, and Stanley S. Ward—were committed to forming flexible collaborations with authors from various fields at Philadelphia institutions.
We quickly shifted our focus from strictly editorial services to full prepress services, including interior book design and book typesetting. Our client base changed from individuals seeking assistance preparing manuscripts for publication to publishers seeking production services.
From 1988–2002, our primary area of expertise was medical publishing. With improved Internet communications, UB’s client base expanded considerably during the past decade. We have designed and typeset books from such diverse fields as anthropology, archeology, art, cooking, education, history, humor, library science, literature, medicine, political science, psychology, religion, social sciences, and theater—and in various genres, including biographies, dictionaries, children’s activity books, how-to manuals, plays, poetry, and topical books of essays.
Our areas of expertise may have expanded, but our ethical and production standards have remained the same. We deliberately remain a small company because we enjoy producing the work ourselves. We have never wished to oversee the work of others or to profit from their labor. We are the employees. And as the employees, we exert greater control over the quality of the product. We do not compromise accuracy or aesthetics for profit. Our goal is always to produce the best product that we possibly can.