news | Thursday February 4, 2021

We're hiring!

Talonbooks is seeking an Ebooks and Production Editor for a four-day-a-week position. (There may be an opportunity to expand this role to five days.)

As an Ebooks and Production Editor, you’ll work closely with Talon’s editors and design team to produce and distribute ebooks, manage ONIX and Coresource records, solicit printer quotes, and shepherd the production of print books through the printing process. The position requires high attention to detail, strong verbal and written communication skills, and excellent time-management and administrative skills. It also requires the ability to complete self-directed, individual work as well as collaborate and contribute to the team effort.

Responsibilities include:

  • pre-press checks (quality assurance) of design files
  • liaising with printing plants (sourcing and adjusting print job estimates, checking and signing off on printers’ proofs)
  • overseeing all reprints through the press
  • typesetting, designing and coding ebooks
  • working with PDFs (preparing digital ARCs; optimizing texts for students with special accessibility needs; creating and distributing search-and-discovery/look-inside PDFs; etc.)
  • monitoring metadata and submitting data changes to distributors
  • working closely with the art director, editors, and publisher on all aspects of the publishing process
  • attending meetings as necessary, with Talon staff and/or authors
  • co-managing Talon’s archive of production files


  • 3+ years’ experience in ebook and print production
  • strong knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Office
  • strong knowledge of HTML, CSS, and EPUB coding and current standards
  • working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Google Drive, and QuarkXPress
  • design ability (layout, cover design) an asset

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia (for the right candidate remote work may be possible)
Start date: Negotiable
Compensation: Negotiable

Interested candidates should submit a cover note and résumé/CV as soon as possible, care of Les Smith, at All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, and we thank all applicants for their interest. Owing to time constraints, however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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