Page last updated 29/03/2022

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 and many more have been added since, the most recent appear at the top of the list:

21) Comparison of BIC Realtime for Libraries & Library Communications Framework (LCF) 

20) Introduction to the Library Communications Framework (LCF)  

19) Weights & Dimensions Best Practice in Metadata  

18) Publishing Rights, Sales Rights & Distribution Rights in

17) Migrating from ONIX 2 to ONIX 3

16) Introduction to UK Standard Library Categories (UKSLC)  

15) Introduction to Thema for Booksellers  

14) Introduction to Thema

13) Introduction to the International Standard Book Number

12) Introduction to Pricing in ONIX  New for November 2020

11) Introduction to Pallets  

10) Introduction to ONIX

9) Introduction to Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestments  

8) Introduction to ISNI

7) Introduction to EDItX Reporting Formats  

6) Introduction to BIC Basic Metadata  

5) EU VAT Changes to Digital Services

4) Choosing Keywords for Discoverability  

3) Book Industry Returns Initiative Review 2018 

2) BIC Realtime for Libraries  

1) BIC Realtime  

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:  on 020 4551 1570 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.