Consonance improves your metadata, then sends it widely and completely

Get your ONIX metadata complete – quickly and easily

Consonance has many ways to make ONIX metadata maintenance painless, such as data checks, plentiful links to let you jump straight to the right part of the system, bulk edit pages, and simple yet powerful features such as a dropdown list of the ISBN list you bought from Nielsen or Bowker, and automatic barcodes generation.

Industry-leading guidance

We provide a personal service through the Consonance app and also direct advice and configuration: expert, dedicated support, including tailored development, is always just a click away for every team member. For example, Consonance presents industry advice on Thema, BIC and BISAC codes at the right time, in the right place, so you get the sales benefit of well-classified books.

Keep the whole team informed about metadata updates and changes

Consonance is a comprehensive publishing management system, producing Slack notifications, as well as issues management, an audit trail, in-app notes, internal briefing notes and team memberships. It means everyone in the company is on the same page.

Your data in one place, up-to-date and accessible, wherever you are

Consonance’s peerless usability makes it easy for the whole team to update data as soon as it changes. And by empowering the publishing team to enter and export data to ever increasing standards of timeliness, completion, effectiveness and accuracy, your books are more discoverable and appealing, and sell more at higher prices.

Complex ONIX data, without the complexity

We send over seventy flavours of ONIX file to recipients who have all interpreted the standard slightly differently. It’s our problem, not yours: we liase all the time with recipients to accommodate their requirements. Because our code is modern and malleable, and our approach is pragmatic and can-do, we bend and flex where others snap. Read more.

Data in and out, with ease

From publishing schedules and advance information sheets to distributor spreadsheets and JSON feeds, Consonance saves you time and ensures data accuracy across the supply chain by exchanging data with other systems and people in a range of formats

Consonance makes your data work harder, by repurposing it in a multitude of formats

  • Download instant bulk exports of all your products, prices, stock history and more.
  • Build your own custom spreadsheets using Consonance’s flexible custom report templates.
  • Consonance turns data into action through issue tracking, briefing notes and key date management.
  • Visualise data in the right place – such as dates in your usual calendar app
  • Feed your website from Consonance’s JSON API. Zed Books and Zed Scholar is a good example of a website that takes a nightly feed from Consonance.

“Hugely impressed with the interface and user design elements of Consonance, and the modern approach to system architecture which we feel is well placed to grow with us as our programme grows.”
Chris Box, Head of Sales Operations, Institute of Physics Publishing

When presentation matters, Consonance makes data beautiful

  • No more copying-and-pasting into InDesign. With Consonance, automatically generate beautiful information sheets for all your products, and then download them in bulk whenever you need. Your AIs are accurate, up-to-date and compelling to retailers.
  • Reuse your metadata on automatically generated elegant internal and third-party briefing documents, so you never have to copy and paste ISBNs and blurbs in emails to designers again.

Run an efficient and timely publishing programme

There are many project management tools available – but Consonance integrates your to-dos with your publishing-specific data

  • Set to-do deadlines relative to pub dates and contract data
  • Define your own workflow, in your own words, to whatever level of detail fits your business, through a clean and modern interface
  • Let your workflow evolve by incorporating lessons learned into future plans
  • Keep track of key dates and deadlines across multiple schedules and a growing list.
  • Estimate and measure your schedules so you address bottlenecks, eliminate waste and publish faster and more accurately over time.

“Manuscripts are late, copywriters miss deadlines, and Customs hold up shipments, but we adapt to changes calmly, professionally and with flexibility.”

Contracts, rights, permissions and royalties

A key part of the smooth running of any publisher, Consonance provides full-fledged publishing royalties management, so you can honour promises made to authors without drowing in admin

  • Store your contract data in Consonance so that advances, manuscript delivery dates, rights information and gratis copy obligations are at your team’s fingertips, forever – not buried in scanned PDFs or a filing cabinet.
  • Generate beautiful, automated contracts for every work – and equip yourselves to automate your royalties, down the line.

Publishers around the world run their business on Consonance

University presses, scholarly institutions, academic publishers, trade publishers, multi-nationals, digital- and audio-only publishers rely on Consonance

“…By streamlining and automating processes it has freed up many independents to focus on their publishing. One said: “Consonance is a game-changer for us…it’s transformed how we manage our titles and our metadata. It’s so easy to use and does whatever we want it to do.” – The IPG, on our GBS Services to Independent Publishers award