Who are we?

Established in 1991, BIC is a not for profit, neutral organisation with a unique position of trust across the book industry, facilitating UK & global industry-wide collaboration to reach agreement on dependable standards and best practice guidelines in the supply chain.

We are a membership organisation at the heart of the book industry working on behalf of and in partnership with our diverse membership body. BIC was founded by The Publisher’s Association, The Booksellers Association, The British Library and CILIP (The Library and Information Association).

BIC is its members!

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Our structure

BIC Structure Diagram

BIC’s activities span the entire book industry supply chain and provide a platform for our member organisations to engage directly and collaborate with each other.

We are governed by a board of directors that oversees the strategy, focus, and direction of our 5 leadership committees: Digital Supply ChainPhysical Supply ChainMetadataLibraries, and Green Supply Chain

These leadership committees are comprised of expert representatives from BIC member organisations: They consult across a range of conversations & topics helping to deliver efficiency & accuracy for operations through the creation and promotion of standards, best practice, training, workshops, various initiatives and accreditation schemes. We always welcome having input into our activities from ALL our members which supports and helps the sector to move forwards.

Our vision

“We make the UK book supply chain more efficient and sustainable, by developing standards and encouraging their adoption. We define best practice and connect experts and stakeholders to enable measurable innovation.”

BIC’s ‘Book Economics’ approach helps members to become more efficient, save money and become more sustainable. The heart and lifeblood of business is the supply chain. To be in the book industry is to be in the supply chain.

BIC has a unique position of trust spanning almost all aspects of the life of content:

  • Metadata
  • Book classification
  • Acquisition and Divestment
  • Production
  • Printing
  • Shipping
  • Sales & Ordering
  • Distribution
  • Returns
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What do we do?

We create standards, deliver best practice guidelines and improve margin for our members.

We support our members with expertise, and serve the trade as a whole to positively contribute across a range of key business initiatives including:

  • Green supply chain and sustainability
  • Supply chain efficiency
  • Product information
  • Discoverability
  • E-commerce
  • Tradability
  • Development and promotion of standards for print and digital content
  • Accreditation
  • Training
  • Events
  • Workshops

Why join BIC?

See why organisations from all areas of the book industry join BIC.

How do I join BIC?

The first step is to contact us for a preliminary, no obligation discussion. We will ask you about your organisation type, talk you through the benefits of joining, and find out what you would like to gain from membership.