Building a Better Business Seminar LBF 2017

Page last updated 23nd February 2017

The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. In 2017, LBF will take place for the first time in March at Olympia, West London, covering all aspects of the publishing industry. LBF is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. It brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets.

This year, LBF will take place on:
Tuesday 14th - Thursday 16th March 2017
Olympia, West London

BIC will be exhibiting at stand: 4A05.

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BIC's Building a Better Business Seminar at LBF 2017

Thursday 16th March 2017
The Dark Room, Olympia: 
(Level 1, Grand Hall Gallery, beside the Media Centre)


This event is kindly sponsored by 

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Since 1999, BIC's annual supply chain seminar at LBF has provided both national and international representatives of the book industry, and members of the public, with an opportunity to meet and exchange views and information on all aspects of the supply chain.

This year's seminar - Building a Better Business - will take place on Thursday 16th March 2017, 10am-12:35pm in The Dark Room, Olympia (Level 1, Grand Hall Gallery, beside the Media Centre). Visit the LBF event page, here.

Join us in this two and a half hour session where you will hear from book industry experts on a variety of topics, all ultimately focussed on helping you build a more efficient business.  You will learn how savvy publishers and retailers can radically improve their web page search ranking by using the extra mark-up vocabulary. You will hear about the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), and how it can be used to identify contributors and organisations, how it is assigned and how it can help publishers improve their business. You will hear an update on how things currently stand regarding accessibility within the book industry, and some concrete suggestions about where we should be heading, things we should be doing, opportunities, and upcoming milestones for all players including distributors, libraries, and retailers.  You will learn, from recent 2016 studies in both the UK and the US about the importance of complete and timely metadata for discoverability and sales, what the latest trends are, the impact on the supply chain and ultimately the consumer. Discover what lies ahead for the book industry with regards cognitive/artificial intelligence via real-life examples of applications of this technology across editorial, marketing and operations.  Finally, learn what plans Amazon have for Thema – the subject category scheme for a global book trade – and how these plans will ensure an intuitive customer browsing experience.

Stay informed about this event viaTwitter: 

Follow: @BIC1UK and/or #LBF17bbb

Please note: this seminar is free to attend for both BIC Members and Non-Members alike.

View the full programme here.
Find out more about this year's speakers here.

The slides from 2017's presentations plus an array of photographs taken during the event will be available to view on this webpage after the Seminar has taken place so watch this space. 


A word about our sponsor:

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Nielsen Book is a leading provider of information, transaction and sales analysis services globally. Nielsen Book runs the Registration Agencies (ISBN and SAN Agencies for UK & Ireland, ISTC), provides search and discovery products through its Nielsen BookData product range, electronic trading services via Nielsen BookNet, retail sales analysis via Nielsen BookScan and consumer research via Nielsen Books & Consumers.

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