Welcome to BIC

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

The BIC Bash 2018


We are delighted to announce that the BIC Bash 2018 - our annual, BIC MEMBERS-ONLY, networking event - will take place this year on Tuesday 13th November, 6:30pm onwards at The Square Pig, Holborn. 

As is usual for all BIC Bashes, there will be no long speeches, no slides and no presentations! Simply a great opportunity to relax after work, meet with your fellow BIC Members, exchange thoughts / ideas, and have fun.

During the BIC Bash, we actively assist in connecting people. There will be a pub quiz during the course of the evening (with a cash prize for the winning team) which is intended to get everyone mixing! Don't worry about organising teams, we will arrange all that for you on the night.

Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and are for BIC Members only.


Register now to avoid disappointment, here

This event is kindly sponsored by  


BIC Technology Excellence in Libraries Award (TEiLA)

We're delighted to announce the launch of the BIC Technology Excellence in Libraries Award (TEiLA) Accreditation Scheme! TEiLA is a new accreditation scheme designed by BIC for libraries and their suppliers which encourages and rewards libraries for their adoption of best practice and industry standards, and their investment in beneficial technologies. Find out more about the Scheme, including how and why your organisation should apply, here.

NB: if your organisation previously obtained a BIC e4Libraries award, the TEiLA Transition Schedule will be of particular interest to you. Find out when your organisation should apply for TEiLA Accreditation in 2018/19, here.


BIC's Revision of the Book Industry Returns Initiative (IRI) - documentation available now!

We're delighted to announce that the revised BIC IRI Rule Book plus other accompanying documents - including An Introduction to IRI for Booksellers, Distributors & Publishers and a document detailing the Benefits of IRI - have now been published.

IRI is a cross-industry agreement designed to reduce the cost of returns processing. As such, these documents are designed to offer guidance on, and encourage the adoption of, IRI. All the documents are available on the BIC website, here.



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