Page last updated 24th July 2020

What are BIC Bites?

BIC Bites are a series of short papers on topics of interest to BIC members. They are  written by industry experts and rigorously reviewed and checked by BIC Committee members and other BIC member volunteers.

It is BIC's intention to build and continually develop a comprehensive library of BIC Bites on a wide variety of book industry supply chain topics.  

The first five BIC Bites were launched in 2014 however more have been launched since, as follows (in alphabetical order):

1) BIC Realtime  

2) BIC Realtime for Libraries  NEW for January 2020

3) Book Industry Returns Initiative Review 2018 

4) Choosing Keywords for Discoverability  

5) EU VAT Changes to Digital Services

6) Introduction to BIC Basic Metadata  

7) Introduction to EDItX Reporting Formats  NEW for July 2020

8) Introduction to ISNI

9) Introduction to Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestments  NEW for November 2019

10) Introduction to ONIX

11) Introduction to Pallets  NEW for December 2019

12) Introduction to the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 

13) Introduction to Thema

14) Introduction to Thema for Booksellers  NEW for July 2020

15) Introduction to UK Standard Library Categories (UKSLC)  NEW for November 2019

16) Migrating from ONIX 2 to ONIX 3

17) Publishing Rights, Sales Rights & Distribution Rights in Metadata  

18) Weights & Dimensions Best Practice in Metadata  NEW for December 2019

More BIC Bites will be produced in due course so watch this space!

If you have a topic that you would like to see a BIC Bite produced on, please get in touch:  either call the BIC office on 020 7255 0513/6 or email:

We hope you find this series of documents useful and informative.

BIC would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the writing, validating, and testing of these documents.