Previous BIC Breakfasts 2016-2017

Territorial Sales Rights in Metadata: Rest Of the World (ROW) is Not Enough
Tuesday 28th March 2017, 9-10:30am

Sponsored by:  Bowkerlogo

Most often when publishers speak about ‘rights’ they are referring to publishing rights, i.e. the rights that a publisher acquires (directly or indirectly) from an author in order to sell a work. It is unlikely instead that they are referring to territorial sales / distribution rights, i.e. where the publisher chooses to / exercises the right to make a product available (to distributors, wholesalers and retailers). Although territorial sales rights derive from publishing rights, it is the former which is of fundamental importance with regards to metadata. A correctly expressed territorial sales rights data element will help ensure that your books are distributed / sold in the appropriate regions for the rights acquired.

The expression of territorial sales rights in metadata and the dissemination of this information are fundamental to the book industry supply chain however this process frequently causes issues for all stakeholders. The responsibility for supplying complete territorial sales rights, and expressing this information fully, in a consistent format, lies with publishers. ONIX for Books (particularly ONIX 3.0) helps publishers to fulfil this requirement, describing territorial sales rights in a detailed and structured way.

Delegates attended this BIC Breakfast on Tuesday 28th March 2017 to learn how incorrect metadata for territorial sales rights can adversely affect their organisations and the entirety of the book supply chain, including publishers, distributors and retailers. They heard from a publisher, a retailer and an eBook distributor about the challenges of providing / ingesting / using this data, what best practice in this area constitutes and what can happen when incorrect information is delivered into the chain.

Hosted by: Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC

Our speakers included: John Bell, Lead Analyst, Publishing Technology, HarperCollins Publishers; Lindsey Mooney, Content Lead, Kobo UK; and Katherine Berners, Client Integration Specialist, Ingram Content Group.

BIC Breakfast Slides - Territorial Sales Rights in Metadata, March 2017


February 2017 BIC BREAKFAST 
Knowing your Rights: The Challenges of Book Rights in a Changing & Increasingly Digital Landscape
Wednesday 22nd February 2017, 9-10:30am

Sponsored by:  Klopotek logo

In recent years, the selling of rights has changed dramatically. The growing number of available book formats and delivery options plus the expansion of global market opportunities have all facilitated an increase in the value of rights income. The sale of physical books and journals has shifted to the sale of content in multiple formats with a finer division of regional rights becoming the de-facto standard.

This BIC Breakfast – which took place on Wednesday 22nd February 2017 – provided an update on the challenges of selling rights in the book industry supply chain as it currently stands. With a stellar line-up of speakers, this event discussed how the selling of rights has changed in recent years, which organisation types are experiencing this change (i.e. trade and/or STM), and how technology and appropriate tools can help to leverage the opportunities created by digital publishing. 

The following delegates benefitted from attending this event: publishers, those involved in rights (including directors, Rights Managers and Rights Executive), Sales Managers, Literary Agents and Rights Agents. 

Hosted by: Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC

Our speakers included: Lynette Owen, Copyright & Rights Consultant; Diane Spivey, Group Contracts Director, Hachette UK; and Michael Healy, Executive Director of International Relations, Copyright Clearance Center.

BIC Breakfast Slides - Knowing your Rights, February 2017


January 2017 BIC BREAKFAST 
The BIC Product Data Excellence Award (PDEA) Accreditation Scheme & the Importance of Metadata for Discovery & Sales in a Digital Age
Thursday 26th January 2016, 9-10:30am

Sponsored by:  Nielsen logo

In 2012, Nielsen Book’s White Paper: The Link Between Metadata & Sales demonstrated the benefits of providing complete, appropriate and timely metadata on book sales. The long-awaited revision of this notable report: The Importance of Metadata for Discoverability and Sales will be published in early 2017 and BIC is one of the key sponsors of this report. The BIC Product Data Excellence Award (PDEA) Accreditation Scheme underpins the provision and dissemination of complete, timely and appropriate metadata in the book supply chain.

This BIC Breakfast demonstrated how discoverability and sales are both positively impacted by complete, appropriate and timely metadata, and provided a brief introduction to BIC’s PDEA Accreditation Scheme. We heard from Clive Herbert, Head of Publisher Services at Nielsen Book Discovery, about the key benefits of supplying metadata and its relation to the improved discoverability of your books. Karina Luke, Executive Director of BIC, explained how the BIC PDEA Accreditation Scheme can help publishers improve their data quality for the benefit of their trade customers and consumers, and what gaining an award  on this Scheme demonstrates to your trading partners. Mark Scott, Sales Director of Jessica Kingsley Publishers (JKP), talked about the PDEA Accreditation Scheme’s application process and what it feels like to gain an award. 

All publishers, large and small, were encouraged to attend this event to learn more about the benefits of good, timely and comprehensive metadata and how that aids discoverability in this digital age. 

Hosted by: Karina Luke, Executive Director, BIC

Our speakers at this event included: Clive Herbert, Head of Publisher Services, Nielsen Book Discovery; Karina Luke, Executive Director, BIC; and Mark Scott, Sales Director, Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

BIC Breakfast Slides - The BIC PDEA Accreditation Scheme & the Importance of Metadata for Discovery & Sales in a Digital Age, January 2017


November 2016 BIC BREAKFAST 
BIC Realtime: Standards for Instant Business Message Exchange
Thursday 24th November 2016, 9-10:30am

Sponsored by: Bowkerlogo

Released in April 2016, BIC Realtime is a suite of 19 business APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) created for retailers, suppliers and data providers in order to enable immediate data exchange and facilitate instant two-way communications relating to product metadata, ordering, fulfilment, finance and returns.

This new set of XML standards has been developed to enhance existing EDI capabilities or for use as a modern alternative for new implementations within the book trade through the use of additional messages alongside traditional electronic data exchange. Using XML web communications, businesses will now be able to communicate with trading partners quicker and more effectively, getting real time replies to requests rather than having to depend on processing of data transactions in batches.

The standard business APIs now available via BIC Realtime are quick to develop, install and test. Additionally, businesses can deploy BIC Realtime solutions much more cost-effectively than traditional EDI, and trading partners will be able to support and communicate via BIC Realtime APIs swiftly and without weeks of testing.

Delegates attended this BIC Breakfast on 24th November 2016 to find out why organisations should adopt BIC Realtime APIs now and to hear directly from book industry professionals that have been involved in BIC Realtime since its inception; two of our speakers work for organisations that have already implemented BIC Realtime APIs into their systems and were therefore able to give a first-hand account of the benefits and the difference automation has made to their teams.

Hosted by: Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC

Our speakers at this event included: John Garrould, ‎Head of Information Technology, Bertram Group and Chair of the BIC Realtime Task & Finish Working Group; Francis Cave, Consultant, Francis Cave Digital Publishing; and Simon Pallant, Digital & I.T. Services Manager, Gardners Books Ltd.

BIC Breakfast Slides - BIC Realtime: Standards for Instant Business Message Exchange

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October 2016 BIC BREAKFAST 
UK Legal Deposit & Digital Publishing: Progress to Date & 
Next Steps

Wednesday 26th October 2016, 9-10:30am

Sponsored by:  British Library logo

2013 saw the introduction of regulations to enable the UK legal deposit libraries to collect, archive & preserve non-print publishing. Since then many UK publishers have seen the benefit in transitioning to a digital legal deposit model. This latest BIC Breakfast, hosted by the British Library will update attendees on the progress made to date. We will hear from Huw Alexander, Digital Sales Manager at Sage on his experience of transitioning to a purely e-book legal deposit model and from Linda Arnold-Stratford, Legal Deposit Libraries Liaison Officer, who will provide a Library perspective,  highlighting some of the issues faced and looking forward to the Government review of the regulations in 2017/18. Andrew Davis, Legal Deposit Publisher Relations manager at the BL will also be in attendance to answer any practical questions publishers may have.  

The host was: Alaina-Marie Bassett, BIC

Speakers at this event included: Linda Arnold-Stratford, Legal Deposit Libraries Liason Manager, The British Library; Huw Alexander, Digital Sales Manager, SAGE Publishing; Andrew Davis, Legal Deposit Publisher Relations Manager.

BIC Breakfast Slides - UK Legal Deposit & Digital Publishing: Progress to date and next steps

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September 2016 BIC BREAKFAST 
Migrating to Thema - Making the Most of the 
Global Marketplace
Tuesday 27th September 2016, 9-10:30am

Sponsored by:  Virtusales logo

In a market that is inundated with metadata and so focussed on achieving discoverability, what can publishers do to help their books reach their desired, key audience in the global marketplace? Part of the answer is Thema – the book industry’s international subject categorisation scheme.

Released in November 2013, Thema is a multilingual, international scheme designed to meet the needs of publishers, retailers and trade intermediaries in all sectors of the global book publishing business. It is managed by an international group of stakeholders and is free to use.Thema aims to enhance the merchandising, discoverability and potential sales of books by simplifying the communication of accurate and detailed subject information across international markets and reducing the need to maintain – and map between – numerous national subject schemes.

As the book industry strives to become ever more sophisticated in terms of discoverability, Thema is surely the next logical step towards enhancing your organisation’s performance on the global stage. Delgates attended this BIC Breakfast session on Tuesday 27th September 2016 to find out more about why their organisation should migrate to Thema now, the key advantages for publishers to do so, what should be considered during the migration process, and which organisations have migrated already. 

The host was: Alaina-Marie Bassett, BIC

Speakers at this event included: Howard Willows, Senior Manager of Data Development, Nielsen (and the Chair of the UK Thema National Group); and Azar Hussain, Head of Data, Faber & Faber.

BIC Breakfast Slides - Migrating to Thema: Making the Most of the Global Marketplace

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How Publishers Can Maximise the Potential of Library eBook Platforms 
Thursday 18th August 2016, 9-10:30am

Sponsored by:  Bowker logo

Are you a publisher who is looking to broaden your sales, marketing, and distribution options? Do you want to generate greater revenue against your backlist or get a better grasp on the metadata needs of libraries where patronage can lead to purchases? Then it is critical to broaden your knowledge of library eBook platforms and their growing presence in the supply chain. 

Library eBook platforms are a relatively a new and growing aspect of the book industry supply chain and publishers that simply sign-on and upload eBook metadata to a library platform will not necessarily achieve success for their new partners or themselves automatically – this comes with knowledge, use, and experience of the platform and by gaining an understanding of what metadata the platforms require. Different schemes and sales models exist for frontlist and backlist titles. In addition, it is important to note that library eBook platforms are used by library systems that have different metadata needs than the retail supply chain, especially for MARC records.    

Delegates attended this BIC Breakfast to learn how library eBook platforms handle reporting (including usage of the platform for eBooks & the royalties involved), the types of sales models available to publishers, and their metadata needs.

The hosts were: Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC and Jack Tipping, Publisher Relations Manager, Bowker.

Speakers at this event included: Mari Bergeron, Director of International Content Licensing, EBSCO Information Services; Robert Herring, eBook Content Development Manager, Dawson Books; and Aine Rice, Sales Director, ProQuest Books.

BIC Breakfast Slides - How Publishers Can Maximise the Potential of Library eBook Platforms


Webscale Discovery: How Library-Users Find & Connect to Publishers' Online Content

Sponsored by:  Bowker logo

Developing an eBook platform and continuous improvement on the site uses valuable time and resources. How do users find out that their library has access to a publisher’s content? Webscale discovery solutions developed by library vendors such as EBSCO, OCLC, and ProQuest are now almost ubiquitous tools that not only search across libraries' collections for articles, chapters, books, reports and other content, but also link directly to publishers’ and other content providers’ content – making library research a more seamless experience for users. More and more library users discover content within the webscale discovery search box and then transfer to the publisher’s platform to read and purchase content.

How does webscale discovery work? What is the experience like for library users? For librarians? How does this facilitate the mission of the library? How does it ultimately connect users to content, with no prior knowledge that the perfect item for their research even existed.

At May's BIC Breakfast, our attendees obtained a greater understanding of the importance of webscale discovery products, the context in which they exist in the library market and their importance to users. Delegates saw exactly how these solutions work through a brief demo provided by Ex Libris.

The host was: Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC

Speakers at this event included: Magaly Bascones, Jisc; Alan Oliver, ProQuest / Ex Libris; and Dominic Benson, Brunel University London

BIC Breakfast Slides - Webscale Discovery: How Library-Users Find & Connect to Publishers' Online Content


Mind the Gap: Best Practices & Common Errors in 
Bibliographic Metadata

Sponsored by:   Bowker logo

In the ‘age of discoverability’, it is crucial for everyone in the book industry supply chain (regardless of their job role) to understand the importance of metadata and how metadata facilitates sales. Good metadata can make the difference between mediocre and good sales, and is the key to ensuring that your organisation’s books are discoverable, sellable and described as you want them to be on multiple platforms. 

February’s BIC Breakfast focused on best practices and common errors in bibliographic metadata within the book industry. Our speakers - including a data aggregator, a standards director and a retailer - illustrated some of the common errors they frequently find within the metadata they receive. Publishers attended this event to ensure that they are providing meaningful metadata to the best of their ability and are taking into account the end-user. 

Getting your books’ metadata right first-time is essential to ensure that your organisation’s books don’t get lost in the ‘gap’ – there is so much data out there, yours needs to be right to be successful. 

The host was: Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC

Speakers at this event included: Graham Bell, Executive Director, BIC; Jack Tipping, Publisher Relations Manager, Bowker; Euan Hirst, Online Bookseller, Blackwell's.

BIC Breakfast Slides - Mind the Gap: Best Practices & Common Errors in Bibliographic Metadata


Thema: the International Book Subject Classification Scheme

Sponsored by:   Nielsen logo

Until recently, the subject classification of books for both UK and international consumption has presented many challenges – beyond the difficulty of the task itself. Retailers (both online and bricks & mortar), publishers and libraries have all had to deal with a plethora of nationally-focused subject classification schemes – such as BIC (UK), BISAC (US), WGS (Germany), CLIL (France), NUR (The Netherlands), to name but a few – few of which are easily interoperable.

Users found they had to set up numerous mappings to convert the various subject information they received into the version they could understand and use – all of which adds unnecessary cost and complexity, as well as degrading data quality and precision. It is obvious that international trade requires international standards, so that information can be communicated clearly and understood without conversion. Thema – the international book subject classification scheme – is the solution to this ongoing issue.

Released in October 2013, Thema is a flexible, accessible, international book classification scheme which reduces the need for scheme-to-scheme mapping, improves data quality and saves both time and money that is invested into the book subject classification process. It is a multilingual scheme with codes that are language-independent which means any value assigned is readily understood by the recipient; this greatly improves international merchandising, ensuring the discoverability of books and enhancing the likelihood of good sales in markets around the world.

January’s BIC Breakfast was aimed at book industry leaders and influencers. We invited a select audience to attend this event to gain background information on Thema, identify its uses and discuss its benefits. The audience members were approached to attend so that they could become a Thema Champion / Ambassador in the book industry and use their professional influence to promote and support the use of Thema in both their organisation and more widely in the book industry. Our 3 expert speakers, from key areas of the metadata supply chain (including a system provider and a data service provider / aggregator), provided their own perspectives on Thema illustrating the benefits of its usage to their organisation type. Between them, our speakers provided compelling evidence as to why your organisation should adopt Thema and promote its implementation and usage locally and globally.

We hope that the attendees felt as enthusiastic as we do after the BIC Breakfast and will now join us in championing the benefits of adopting and using Thema.

The host was: Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC

Speakers at this event included: Howard Willows, Senior Manager – Data Development, Nielsen & the Chair of the Thema International Steering Group; Andrew Henty, Project Manager, Virtusales Publishing Solutions.

BIC Breakfast Slides - Thema - the International Book Subject Classification Scheme


A word about our sponsors...

Bowker logo

Bowker is the world's leading provider of bibliographic information management solutions designed to help publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their customers. The company is focused on developing various tools and products that make books easier for people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience. Bowker, the US ISBN agency, manages UK bibliographic data and delivers a comprehensive UK data source to book information researchers and buyers. 


British Library logo

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. It provides world class information services to the academic, business, research and scientific communities and offers unparalleled access to the world's largest and most comprehensive research collection. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages.


The Klopotek Group develops innovative technologies and services inspiring publishing companies worldwide to embrace digital change. We contribute to the success of more than 350 publishers with more than 4,400 imprints, with over 14,000 users, in 140+ locations. 

Many of the world's largest publishers are Klopotek customers, as they are confident they can rely on our powerful solution to manage their end-to-end business processes. 

We offer all types of publishers – whether STM, Legal & Tax, Trade, or Educational – flexible software support, tailored to their individual needs, to master current and future challenges. 


Nielsen logo

Nielsen Book is the leading information and research company in the book industry.  Its portfolio includes: business Intelligence, consumer research, discovery and commerce solutions. Nielsen Book provides unique identifiers; comprehensive, enriched bibliographic data; integrated services for book selection, electronic ordering and business messaging; it measures and analyses print and digital book sales and provides consumer research on purchasing behaviour and collects library borrowing data for UK public libraries. 


Virtusales logo

Virtusales is a dynamic and rapidly expanding company who is working with some of the world's leading publishers including Hachette, Penguin, Random House, Pearson Education, Pan Macmillan and Harvard University Press. Virtusales is dedicated to software development, implementation and consultancy, solely for the book publishing industry, primarily in the UK, USA, Australia and Europe.

Virtusales is growing and evolving to continue supporting its customers during this time of rapid change within the book publishing industry. Its leading edge, web-based technology, rapid development cycle of new functionality and close working relationships with its customers ensure that new challenges are handled quickly. Virtusales roadmap of new developments provides an advanced view of how software is being developed to support future needs.

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