Page last updated 16th June 2021

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, as follows (in alphabetical order):

1) BIC Realtime  

2) BIC Realtime for Libraries  

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  

8) Introduction to ISNI

9) Introduction to Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestments  

10) Introduction to ONIX

11) Introduction to Pallets  

12) Introduction to Pricing in ONIX  New for November 2020

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

14) Introduction to Thema

15) Introduction to Thema for Booksellers  

16) Introduction to UK Standard Library Categories (UKSLC)  

17) Migrating from ONIX 2 to ONIX 3

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

19) Weights & Dimensions Best Practice in Metadata  

20) Introduction to the Library Communications Framework (LCF)

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 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.