Welcome to BIC

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of standard processes and procedures.

What's New

BIC Building a Greener Business Seminar 2020 #LBF2020BGB

Since 1999, BIC's annual supply chain seminar at LBF has provided both national and international representatives of the book industry, and members of the public, with an opportunity to meet and exchange views and information on all aspects of the supply chain. 

This year's seminar - Building a Greener Business - will take place on Thursday 12th March 2020, 10am-12:30pm, The Club Room, Olympia, and will be an opportunity to hear about the measures already being taken by book industry organisations to address green issues within their supply chain. The Seminar will encourage attendees to contribute - with a view to sharing knowledge and improving the environmental impact of the book industry supply chain now and in the future.  

This event is kindly sponsored by:  

The seminar is free to attend for both BIC Members and Non-Members alike (providing delegates have registered to attend LBF on the day of the event). 

Find out more via the following link:


The refreshed BIC Supply Chain Excellence Award Accreditation Scheme

In December 2019, we announced the launch of the refreshed BIC SCEA Accreditation Scheme; applications to which are welcome from any of the following organisation types: Booksellers, Distributors, Printers, Publishers, Service Providers, Systems Vendors and Wholesalers.

Gaining an award on this scheme demonstrates that your organisation is modern, technically-capable, efficient to do business with, and compliant with industry standards and practices.  

Find out more about the refreshed SCEA Scheme, and why your organisation should apply, via the following link:


Our BIC Bites series is growing - read them today!

Through November and December 2019, we announced the publication of 4 new BIC Bites. There are now 15 Bites available in total.

The latest Bite topics include:

1) Introduction to Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestments

2) Introduction to Pallets

3) Introduction to UK Standard Library Categories (UKSLC)

4) Weights & Dimensions Best Practice in Metadata

BIC Bites are a series of short (2-page maximum), high-level papers on topics of interest to the book industry supply chain. View the full list of available BIC Bites via the following link:



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