ONIX for Books

Page last updated 7th July 2017

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.



Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to describing Open Access monographs

Describing Open Access Monographs in ONIX 3.0 (July 2017)



Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to weights & dimensions

Weights & Dimensions in ONIX 3.0 (July 2017)



Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to sales rights

Sales Rights in ONIX 3.0 (July 2017)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 37 (April 2017)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 36 (January 2017)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 35 (October 2016)


Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to HTML mark-up

Embedding HTML Markup in ONIX 3.0 (September 2016)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 34 (July 2016)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 33 (April 2016)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 32 (January 2016)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 31 (October 2015)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 30 (July 2015)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 29 (April 2015)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 28 (February 2015)


ONIX for Books Acknowledgement Message

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.

See the full Reply Format Specification, here.

For detailed core documentation, 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.

See the revised version (Jan 2015) here.


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. Please click on the following link:

Click here to see a PDF of the suggested workaround.


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 27 (October 2014)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 26 (July 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.

To see the full documentation for ONIX 3.0, click here and for revisions, including 3.0.2, click here.

Documentation for previous releases of ONIX for Books can be reached here.

 


BIC Product Metadata Guidelines for ONIX 3.0

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.


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 24 (January 2014)

This includes code lists applicable to release 3.0.2.


Using ONIX 3.0 to describe e-books and digital content

June 2011

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 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 early adoption of the new version and promote the benefits which will flow to the whole supply chain by doing so.

See the revised version (Jan 2013) here.


How to specify markets and suppliers in ONIX 3.0

Click here


An Introduction to ONIX for Books 3.0

This includes a summary of the main changes between versions 2.1 and 3.0


An Introduction to ONIX for Books

A simple guide for new users of ONIX.


ONIX for Serials

ONIX for Publications Licenses