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

New Production Training Courses

Developed in consultation with BIC’s Production Directors Steering Committee, (a committee comprised of the following BIC Member Publishers: Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Egmont UK, Harper Collins, Cambridge University Press, Hachette, Informa and Pearson), these courses provide up-to-date, technical, practical and commercial content to help Production Professionals better understand and meet the changing requirements of the industry. Courses include An Introduction to Colour Printing, An Introduction to Production, Pre-Press for Publishing, Understanding Paper, Shipping Explained, and are held at various locations across Europe. 


New Trends in Publishing Seminar 8th September 2014

This event will be hosted at the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA) this year - a stunning venue to hear industry experts debate and predict the future new trends in the book industry.
Click here for the programme.
More information and registration can be found here.
Early bird tickets are available until 15th August 2014.
We look forward to seeing you there!


Just published: Draft implementation Guidelines for UKSLC in UKMARC and MARC21

The UKSLC, the BIC subject code scheme for libraries, has been available for several months and some members have requested some extra guidance on implementation, specifically in migrating from the old e4libraries subject scheme to the new UKSLC subject scheme using UKMARC and MARC21.



03/04/2014BIC Consultant, Heather OConnell, reports back from the first BIC Production Training session in Italy

I’ve just got back from four days in Italy with Printer Trento’s Jo Clark, running the first BIC Colour Print...

18/09/2013BIC Breakfasts The VAT Session: do not assume anything

12/06/2013Klopotek's Publisher Information Day

07/06/2013PODWLEAN Conference, Peterborough