Upcoming Breakfasts

This page last updated 10th October 2018

October 2018 BIC BREAKFAST 
The ISBN: Best Practice for International Book Identification
Wednesday 24th October 2018, 9-10:30am

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Re-established in 2007 in its current 13-digit format, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a unique identifier for a product (including books, CDs, DVDs, gift sets, etc.) that is sold within the book industry supply chain. Because this standard is a staple of the supply chain and due to the ever-increasing number of products available internationally (which increases the challenges of achieving discoverability), best practice for ISBNs is of fundamental importance. 

This BIC Breakfast will provide an overview of what constitutes good and bad practice in relation to ISBNs, including insight into the use of ISBNs from different regions, assigning ISBNs to chapters, and the reuse of ISBNs. We will hear from Stella Griffiths, Executive Director of the International ISBN Agency, regarding why ISBNs matter and what the standard brings to the book industry; Eleanor Pigg, UK ISBN Agency will explain the sales and support arrangements for ISBNs in the UK; Neil Wilson, Head of Collection Metadata at the British Library, will provide insight into the impact of good and bad practice on the work that the British Library does and the services that libraries provide; and Kieron Smith of Blackwell's will explain how best practice can affect the discoverability and sales of a product for publishers and retailers alike.

Who should attend?
This BIC Breakfast will be of interest to all publishers (large and independent), booksellers, distributors, libraries, data aggregators, systems vendors and many more.

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

Our speakers will include:
Stella Griffiths, Executive Director, International ISBN Agency
Eleanor Pigg, Registration Services Manager, UK ISBN Agency
Neil Wilson, Head of Collection Metadata, British Library
Kieron Smith, Digital Director, Blackwell's

REGISTRATION:
To register for your ticket to attend this BIC Breakfast, please click here.
Tickets for this event are FREE for BIC Members but there is a nominal fee for non-members. 

Spaces are limited at all BIC Breakfasts and are allocated on a first-to-register basis. Please do not sign up for this event unless you intend to attend on the day.

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November 2018 BIC BREAKFAST 
The Secret Lifecycle of eBooks: Dispelling the Myths Surrounding eBook Maintenance & Looking at Retrospective Validation
Thursday 29th November 2018, 9-10:30am

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It can sometimes be a misconception that eBooks require very little attention or maintenance after they are produced. Presumptions are often made that, once an eBook file is published, there ends the bulk of the workload (with the exception of the file’s distribution, of course). This BIC Breakfast will demystify the lifecycle of an eBook, providing insight into the hidden workload and cost associated with ongoing eBook maintenance. It will also explore what is meant by eBook maintenance. 

We will discuss: the ways in which you can stay abreast of updates to the EPUB standard; the reconfigurations necessary when the EPUB standard is updated; how to ensure that an eBook file validates retrospectively / is backwards-compatible; the organisations involved in the lifecycle of an eBook and who makes the decisions regarding its maintenance at every stage; and what retailers accept in terms of metadata, standards and file formats for eBooks.

Who should attend?
This BIC Breakfast will be of interest to all publishers, booksellers, distributors, libraries, data aggregators, systems vendors and many more.

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

Our speakers will include:
Nick Coveney, Publisher Relations & Content Lead, Kobo UK

REGISTRATION:
To register for your ticket to attend this BIC Breakfast, please watch this space.
Tickets for this event are FREE for BIC Members but there is a nominal fee for non-members. 

Spaces are limited at all BIC Breakfasts and are allocated on a first-to-register basis. Please do not sign up for this event unless you intend to attend on the day.

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PLEASE NOTE:

If for any reason you are unable to attend a BIC Breakfast in person (or if you find the session to be sold-out), please be aware that it is now possible to watch our BIC Breakfasts via Twitter. Simply go to @BIC1UK, look out for a tweet from our account (which will be sent at approximately 9:25am on the date of the event) and click on the link provided in this tweet which will redirect you to Periscope to watch the event live (online)!

Also, if you are not able to attend but have a question for one of our speakers then do get in touch. Either tweet at @BIC1UK (before or during the event) or contact info@bic.org.uk (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

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WANT TO SPONSOR A BIC BREAKFAST?

Please read the full Sponsorship Package proposal here.

If your organisation is interested in contributing ideas for a future BIC Breakfast or would like to sponsor one, please do get in touch with Alaina-Marie Bassett, BIC's Business Manager, on: info@bic.org.uk or give her a call: +44(0) 20 7255 0513.

 

A WORD ABOUT OUR SPONSORS:

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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.
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Westchester provides editorial, composition, design, digital production, and project management services to more than 120 trade, academic, educational, childrens’ and specialist publishers in the US and UK. We deliver an efficient and cost-effective outsourced pre-press solution, with each of our clients benefitting from a dedicated Westchester team to support their individual needs. We’ve been trading for fifty years and we’re employee-owned. We’ve just opened our new UK office in Stratford-upon-Avon, with our Head Office in Connecticut, and wholly-owned operations in India.
www.westchesterpublishingservices.com