The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. In 2017, LBF took place for the first time in March at Olympia, West London, covering all aspects of the publishing industry. LBF is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. It brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets.

In 2017, LBF took place on:
Tuesday 14th – Thursday 16th March 2017
Olympia, West London

BIC exhibited at stand: 4A05.

BIC’s Building a Better Business Seminar at LBF 2017

Thursday 16th March 2017
The Dark Room, Olympia: 
(Level 1, Grand Hall Gallery, beside the Media Centre)


This event was kindly sponsored by:

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 Better Business – took place on Thursday 16th March 2017, 10am-12:35pm in The Dark Room, Olympia (Level 1, Grand Hall Gallery, beside the Media Centre). Visit the LBF event page, here.

Delegates joined us in this two and a half hour session to hear from book industry experts on a variety of topics, all ultimately focussed on helping them to build a more efficient business. They heard about how savvy publishers and retailers can radically improve their web page search ranking by using the extra mark-up vocabulary. They heard about the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), and how it can be used to identify contributors and organisations, how it is assigned and how it can help publishers improve their business. They received an update on how things currently stand regarding accessibility within the book industry, and some concrete suggestions about where we should be heading, things we should be doing, opportunities, and upcoming milestones for all players including distributors, libraries, and retailers. They learnt, from recent 2016 studies in both the UK and the US, about the importance of complete and timely metadata for discoverability and sales, what the latest trends are, the impact on the supply chain and ultimately the consumer. They discovered what lies ahead for the book industry with regards to cognitive / artificial intelligence via real-life examples of applications of this technology across editorial, marketing and operations. Finally, they learnt what plans Amazon has for Thema – the subject category scheme for a global book trade – and how these plans will ensure an intuitive customer browsing experience.

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Please note: this seminar was free to attend for both BIC Members and Non-Members alike.

View the full programme here.
Find out more about our speakers here.

Slides from this year’s presentations can be viewed here:

The Best Laid Schemes… by Graham Bell

The Importance of Metadata for Discoverability & Sales – Latest trends, and the Impact on the Supply Chain & Consumer by Clive Herbert

Building a More Accessible & Inclusive Future for our Books by Alicia Wise

A Question of Identity by Tim Devenport

Unfortunately we do not have permission to make David Ingham’s or Isabel Gouveia’s slides available to you. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

Photographs from the event…

A word about our sponsor:

Nielsen Book is a leading provider of information, transaction and sales analysis services globally. Nielsen Book runs the Registration Agencies (ISBN and SAN Agencies for UK & Ireland, ISTC), provides search and discovery products through its Nielsen BookData product range, electronic trading services via Nielsen BookNet, retail sales analysis via Nielsen BookScan and consumer research via Nielsen Books & Consumers.

Nielsen Book employs 100 staff in the UK. The company is wholly owned by Nielsen. For more information, please visit: