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This page last updated 9th October 2019

November 2019 BIC BREAKFAST
Stronger Together: Acquisitions & Divestments in the Book Industry
Thursday 21st November 2019, 9-10:30am

Sponsored by:   

Acquisitions and divestments are processes by which the ownership of an organisation or an organisation’s assets are transferred or consolidated with that of another organisation. These processes allow organisations to change the nature of their business, often to try and obtain competitive advantage or maximise the value of the acquiring organisation.

Following the publication of BIC’s Acquisitions & Divestments Best Practice Guidelines documents for both digital and physical products, this BIC Breakfast will demystify the acquisitions and divestments process, providing an overview of the organisation types involved and their respective responsibilities; the steps that should be taken to execute a successful acquisition / divestment; common pitfalls experienced by organisations; and where to look for further information.

We will hear from representatives of a publisher, a data aggregator and a distributor, all of whom have manoeuvred recent acquisitions / divestments, to learn from their experiences. These organisations participated on to the BIC Acquisitions & Divestments project and contributed to the BIC Best Practice Guidelines documents referenced above.

Who should attend?
This BIC Breakfast will be of interest to all publishers, booksellers, distributors, data aggregators, systems vendors and many more. It will be relevant to individuals involved in the acquisition / divestment of digital products (i.e. eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, etc.) and/or physical products (including print books and digital files associated with physical products).

Hosted by:
Alaina-Marie Bassett

Our speakers will include: 
David Seymour, Data Protection Manager, Taylor & Francis
Matthew Hogg, Commercial Director, Macmillan Distribution (MDL)
Stephen Long, Global Managing Director – Book Discovery and Commerce, Nielsen Book

To register for your ticket to attend this BIC Breakfast, please click here. 
Tickets for this event are FREE for BIC Members but there is a nominal fee for non-members. 

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 a BIC Breakfast in person (or if you find the session to be 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 (online)!

Also, if you are not able to attend 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 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.



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Nielsen Book is the leading information and research company in the book industry.  Its portfolio includes: business Intelligence, consumer research, discovery and commerce solutions. Nielsen Book provides unique identifiers; comprehensive, enriched bibliographic data; integrated services for book selection, electronic ordering and business messaging; it measures and analyses print and digital book sales and provides consumer research on purchasing behaviour and collects library borrowing data for UK public libraries.