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January 2018 BIC BREAKFAST
Digital Vertigo: Common eBook Metadata Issues and How to Address Them
January 2018 - date TBC, 9-10:30am

Sponsored by:   TBC

Figures released by The Publishers Association in April 2017* showed that “2016 was a record breaking year” for the book industry with the overall sale of books and journals reaching a total of £4.8bn; of which the total sales for digital products amounted to £1.7bn. However, eBook sales continue to fall and there are a number of theories as to why, including the return of agency pricing in 2015** which raised the price of eBooks, especially in comparison to self-published titles; an increase in the use of tablets and smartphones which has resulted in a decline of dedicated eBook readers / devices; and increased usage of technology in daily life which has led to a sort of ‘fatigue’ whereby individuals are restricting the time they spend in front of screens.

From the lofty heights of eBook sales in 2011 to present day, what can publishers do to ensure sales of their eBooks are as resilient as possible? This BIC Breakfast session will provide an overview of the most common metadata issues which affect eBook files and explain how organisations can address them to increase the discoverability of their products. We will hear from Graham Bell, Executive Director of EDItEUR who will provide an introduction to this topic and Ruth Jones, Director of Business Development at Ingram Content Group, who will provide a first-hand account on the difficulties that eBook metadata issues cause in the book industry supply chain.  

Publishers, self-publishers, data aggregators, retailers and eBook distributors will benefit from attending this BIC Breakfast.

*Read the PA's article, UK Publishing has record year up 7% to £4.8bn, here
** Read the Publishers Weekly article, The Bad News About E-books, here

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

Our speakers will include:
Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR
Ruth Jones, Director Business Development, Ingram Content Group

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. 

If for any reason you are unable to attend this event or the event is 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!

Also, if you are not able to attend this event 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 Alaina-Marie Basett on info@bic.org.uk (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

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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.