Digital Supply Chain

BIC is actively promoting the adoption of standards in the digital supply chain through its Digital Supply Chain Group, with a primary focus on standardising sales reporting by resellers and identification of digital products. This is being done through a series of best practice guides and codes of practice.


EDItX Sales and Tax Report format 

EDItX Sales and Tax Report Format Version 1.2 (October 2018)

Fully specified and piloted by the Book Industry Study Group, this format is intended to be used by a retailer, distributor or other intermediary in the e-book supply chain to report sales to a publisher or content owner; and to provide the basis on which payments are made. It can, however, also be used to report sales of physical books, for example when supplied on consignment.

Schema for EDItX Sales and Tax Report format Version 1.1

BIC Guidelines for the Reporting of Sales of Digital Content and E-books

July 2011

These best practice guidelines have been published to encourage standardisation in the formats and procedures for retrospective reporting of digital sales.

See them here.


BookDROP Version 1.0 (December 2008)

BookDROP is a standard developed jointly by the Book Industry Study Group and the Association of American Publishers to support the search and discovery of digital book content on the Web. It defines a set of HTTP transactions between a publisher's digital book archive and the websites of the publisher's syndication partners.


BISG Best Practices for Identifying Digital Products

BISG Policy Statement (December 2011, revised 2013)

Digital Content Standards: Standards for digital book content delivery in trade and library supply chains, and issues surrounding their use in the UK
by Francis Cave (April 2010)

The International Standard Text Code: A Work in Progress
by Michael Holdsworth (March 2010)

Code of Practice for the Identification of e-books and Digital Content (December 2009, updated February 2012) 

Electronic transactions in the digital supply chain: a business case proposal (October 2008)

The Identification of Digital Book Content
by Michael Holdsworth (January 2008)

Seminar presentations

Confronting the realities of digital change
November 2010 

Facing the challenge of digital change
December 2009