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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 Acquisitions & Divestments Best Practice Guidelines - available now!

We're delighted to announce the publication of the BIC Acquisitions & Divestments Best Practice Guidelines for Digital and Physical Products. These documents are designed to offer guidance and advice on Best Practice with regards to the communication of changes of ownership via acquisition, divestment or mergers with regards to digital and/or physical books. It is expected that they will be used by acquiring, divesting and/or merging publishers primarily and referred to by retailers, data aggregators, distributors, any/all 3rd parties involved in the supply of books in the book industry. Find out more about the documentation available and our combined infographic via the following URLs:

Acquisitions & Divestments for Digital Products.
Acquisitions & Divestments for Physical Products.

We hope that these documents provide you with further insight into what your organisation should be aware of at each stage of the acquisitions and divestments process. Please contact info@bic.org.uk if you have any questions relating to this documentation.

A BIC Breakfast on this topic will be announced soon.

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BIC Library Web Services Implementation Guide


We're delighted to announce the publication of the BIC Library Web Services Implementation Guide (Version 0.9), which supports implementation of BIC's initial suite of Library Web Services standard Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that were recently released for pilot implementation.

To find out more about the 18 organisations which already endorse the use of these APIs and read their statements of endorsement, or to find out more about the BICLibrary Web Services API Policy and how to register for your copy of the Implementation Guide, visit the BIC website using the following link:

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BIC Weights & Dimensions Best Practice Guidelines document

We're delighted to announce the publication of the BIC Weights & Dimensions Best Practice Guidelines document.

In 2018, the BIC Weights & Dimensions Task & Finish Working Group (T&FWG) led a project to identify the criteria for best practice in this area. This Group was disbanded in December 2018, following the completion of the project, and its output can be found on the following dedicated webpage: 

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