BIC recommends the adoption of standards in the digital supply chain.


EDItX Sales and Tax Report format 

Fully specified and piloted by the Book Industry Study Group, this format is intended to be used by a retailer, distributor or other intermediary in the e – book supply chain to report sales to a publisher or content owner; and to provide the basis o n which payments are made. It can, however, also be used to report sales of physical books, for example when supplied on consignment.

Schema for EDItX Sales and Tax Report format Version 1.1

BIC Guidelines for the Reporting of Sales of Digital Content and E – books

July 2011

These best practice guidelines have been published to encourage standardisation in the formats and procedures for retrospective reporting of digital sales.


BookDROP Version 1.0 (December 2008)

BookDROP is a standard developed jointly by the Book Industry Study Group and the Association of American Publishers to support the search and discovery of digital book content on the Web. It defines a set of HTTP transactions between a publisher ‘s digital book archive and the websites of the publisher’s syndication partners.


BISG Best Practices for Identifying Digital Products

BISG Policy Statement (December 2011, revised 2013)

Digital Content Standards: Standards for digital book content delivery in trade and library supply chains, and issues surrounding their use in the UK
by Francis Cave (April 2010)

The International Standard Text Code: A Work in Progress
by Michael Holdsworth (March 2010)

Code of Practice for the Identification of e-books and Digital Content (December 2009, updated February 2012) 

Electronic transactions in the digital supply chain: a business case proposal (October 2008, updated February 2023)

The Identification of Digital Book Content
by Michael Holdsworth (January 2008)

Seminar presentations

Confronting the realities of digital change

November 2010 

The digital landscape in 2011 and beyond
George Walkley, Hachette UK

Legal minefields – ‘agency model’ and territoriality
Eddie Powell, Fladgate

Beyond e-books: enhancing digital content
Peter Collingridge, Enhanced Editions

A framework for standards in digital rights
Mark Bide, EDItEUR

Legal deposit and the implications for non-print publishing
Andrew Davis and Richard Gibby, The British Library

Discovering books in the digital age
Michael Bhaskar, Profile Books

Facing the challenge of digital change

December 2009

Digital books: locked, loaned or open?
Adam Hodgkin, ExactEditions

The Google settlement: an update
Michael Healy, Book Rights Registry

Smartphones as reading devices
Gurvinder Batra, Kiwitech Corporation         

A legal view of territorial rights in digital publishing
Hugh Jones, Publishers Association

.ePub: a first step
Herve Essa, Jouve Group 

ISTC: a work in progress
Michael Holdsworth