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 Webinar 2020 (#LBF2020BGB)

Despite the cancellation of London Book Fair (LBF) 2020 (due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 virus), the BIC Building a Greener Business seminar went ahead on Thursday 12th March 2020 – on the same date and at the same time as previously stated, but in the form of a webinar.

Attendees joined us during this two-and-a-half hour session to hear from book industry experts on a variety of topics, all ultimately focussed on helping them build a more efficient, greener business. 

A recording of this webinar is available on the BIC YouTube channel to provide an opportunity for you to hear about the measures already being taken by book industry organisations to address green issues within their supply chain.  

Watch the full webinar, here

This event was kindly sponsored by:  


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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