ONIX for Books is the international standard for the transmission of product information in the supply chain and has been adopted in some sixteen countries in Europe, North America and elsewhere. BIC promotes ONIX in the UK trade and provides UK input to the development of ONIX internationally.
View an introduction to ONIX for books.
Online, interactive, multilingual browser for ONIX Code-lists
Browse the ONIX code lists, or search for a specific term within the vocabularies. This browser is is available on the EDItEUR website, here.
Previous versions of the ONIX codelists are still available for ONIX 2.1 users, here.
ONIX Code Lists
Current and previous Code List are available here.
ONIX for Books Release 3.0.8
Gain an overview of the small number of additions and minor changes made in ONIX 3.0 revision 8.
ONIX for Books 3.0.8 Specification (July 2021)
BIC’s ONIX Survey Report, 24th September 2018
As detailed, below, a survey was carried out in early 2018 for all stakeholder organisations in the UK book industry that either send or receive (or both) data via ONIX to complete. The survey was open to ONIX 2.1 and ONIX 3.0 users alike. The responses received have helped BIC to gain an informed understanding of how and where the ONIX 3.0 standard is being a dopted, what (as applicable) the obstacles to implementation are, what benefits organisations have derived from implementing ONIX 3.0 and so on.
ONIX Survey 2018
What was the Purpose of the Survey?
This survey was for all stakeholder organisations in the UK book industry that either send or receive (or both) data via ONIX to complete – whether using ONIX 3.0 or not. Your participation helped BIC gain an informed understanding of how and where the ONIX 3.0 standard is being adopted, what (as applicable) the obstacles ONIX for books to implementation might be, what benefits organisations have derived from implementing ONIX 3.0 and so on.
What about organisations using ONIX 2.1?
Organisation using ONIX 2.1 (but not ONIX 3.0) were also eligible to participate on the survey.
What will we do with the survey results?
We may use the information provided by participants of this survey to create an industry report with regards the current UK ONIX 3.0 landscape that will be published on our website – particpants were asked for their consent (on behalf of their organisation) regarding this towards the end of the survey.
The Survey Questions
There were 2 survey question sets as follows:
ONIX 3.0 survey for data providers
ONIX 3.0 survey for data recipients
Participants that both send and receive data were encouraged to complete both surveys, which each contained 32 – 35 questions, consisting mainly of multiple – choice tick boxes, and should each have taken approximately 5 – 10 minutes to fill in.
If you would like to view the questions contained in each survey, you can download and/or print a PDF version of them here:
Responses to these survey(s) were only accepted via SurveyMonkey.
Thank you very much to those who responded and/or contributed to the surveys.
Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to sales rights
Sales Rights in ONIX 3.0 (Last updated: December 2017)
Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to describing Open Access monographs
Describing Open Access Monographs in ONIX 3.0 (Latest up date: November 2017)
Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to HTML mark – up
Embedding HTML Mark – Up in ONIX 3.0 Data Elements ;(February 2017)
Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to weights & dimensions
Weights & Dimensions in ONIX 3.0 (October 2016)
ONIX for Books Acknowledgement Format Specification Release 3.0
This new message is intended to be used as a response to being in receipt of a conventional ONIX for Books message. The recipient can send an acknowledgement message back to the original sender simply to confirm receipt, to report successful processing, or to report any errors encountered. The use of this message is entirely optional but its use could end that ‘falling into a black hole’ feeling that senders sometimes get after they’ve sent out their data file.
For detailed core d ocumentation, please see EDItEUR’s website here.
Using ONIX 2.1 & 3.0 to describe e – books and other digital content
This set of FAQs was originally compliled by Graham Bell of EDItEUR in June 2011 to explain how ONIX (and in particular ONIX 3.0) can be used to describe digital products. It has now been amended accordingly.
ONIX 3.0 was developed specifically to facilitate the description of data about digital content which has not been fully possible in earlier versions. This document, although it will also be helpful to those needing to describe digital metadata using ONIX 2.1, is designed to encourage the adoption of ONIX 3.0 and promote the benefits which will flow to the whole supply chain by doing so.
Read the revised version here (Latest update: January 2015)
Sunset Date of ONIX 2.1
For any organisation using ONIX 2.1 after sunset and relying on the online DTD and XSD files provided by EDItEUR, some active steps to avoid failures in production systems will be necessary.
EDItEUR has now published a note describing the workaround you need to put in place to avoid failures in processing ONIX 2.1 files after sunset.
Click here to see a PDF of the suggested workaround (November 2014)
New Release: ONIX 3.0
Published April 2009; revised October 2010
ONIX version 3.0 has now been published, representing a major step forward for the ONIX standard. The new release has been developed to address perceived shortcomings of the previous versions, especially for the description of digital products and publishers’ marketing collateral, but also for the handling of multi – volume sets and series and to enable the blocking of records to permit more efficient updating. The new version is not backwards compatible with previous versions and the opportunity has been taken to remove elements which had become deprecated as a result of previous updates and revisions.
For full background, an overview of the message structure, and a summary of key differences between ONIX Release 2.1 and Release 3.0, read:
To see the full documentation for ONIX 3.0, click here.
A summary of changes for all the releases that have followed ONIX for Books 3.0 can be found using this link.
Published November 2010; revised November 2011
The BIC Product Metadata Guidelines are intended primarily to help UK publishers in the preparation of ONIX data feeds, by setting out notes on data element inclusion and usage which have been reviewed and agreed by the BIC Product Metadata Group and in particular by the principal aggregators of UK book trade product information: BDS, Bowker and Nielsen.
The guidelines have been updated in 2011 to bring them more closely into line with international guidelines published by EDItEUR.
Using ONIX 3.0 to describe e-books and digital content
Published June 2011; revised January 2013; revised January 2015
This set of FAQs has been compiled by Graham Bell of EDItEUR to explain how ONIX (and in particular ONIX 3.0) can be used to describe digital products. ONIX 3.0 has been developed specifically to facilitate the description of data about digital content wh ich has not been fully possible in earlier versions. This document, although it will also be helpful to those needing to describe digital metadata using ONIX 2.1, is designed to encourage the early adoption of the new version and promote the benefits which will flow to the whole supply chain by doing so.
Read the latest version (Last updated: January 2015)
How to specify markets and suppliers in ONIX 3.0
Product Information Message (October 2010)
An Introduction to ONIX for Books 3.0
Published April 2009; revised July 2009; revised October 2017
An Introduction to ONIX for Books 3.0 (Latest update: October 2017)
This document includes a summary of the main changes between ONIX 2.1 and 3.0.)