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Facilitating innovation and shared solutions

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is a not-for-profit book trade association with the mission of facilitating innovation and shared solutions for the benefit of all companies and practitioners who create, produce, and distribute published content, and the organizations that support them.

We help develop the solutions to today's challenges and prepare for those of tomorrow. Our work enhances relationships between all trading partners with effective industry-wide standards, best practices, research and events related to both physical and digital products.  

Registration Opens for BISG's Higher Ed Conference 2015: Adapt, Learn, Innovate

We're very pleased to announce a dynamic program for our April 28 higher education conference in New York City. In this focused half-day event, you'll hear a range of perspectives on the increasing role of technology in higher education, whether course material is consumed in digital or physical form or a combination of both. You'll gain new insights into how technology is changing the relationships between industry stakeholders, allowing you to better plan and execute your own strategies around developing and distributing higher ed content.

Useful information in two webcasts this week

BISAC-to-Thema Mapping on Tuesday, March 3

Making the Most of BISG Membership on Thursday, March 5

There's still time to register for two webcasts this week.

Webcast: BISAC-to-Thema Mapping for more efficient global trade

The annual BISAC Subject Headings license includes a mapping to Thema, the unified subject classification system for the global book trade that complements individual national systems by providing suggested, broadly adopted Thema categories and qualifiers for each BISAC code. This March 3 webcast answers the most common questions about this emerging international standard.

Restructuring BISAC Juvenile Headings for YA Content: BISG Invites Member Input into Proposed Changes

Based on a survey and interviews with industry stakeholders, BISG and its Subject Codes Committee propose changes to the BISAC Subject Headings to allow for the classification of young adult and teen content.

These changes are significant, with implications for those who assign or maintain subject codes or who support and manage metadata and systems. Editorial, merchandising, marketing, sales, operations, IT, finance, and business departments at metadata senders or receivers may be affected.

Keep your skills at their highest level with Graham Bell's ONIX Classes

Register now for training with Graham Bell on March 2 and March 3 in New York and March 4 in Boston.

eBook Ninjas: Ebook Production and QA Classes in Austin, the Bay Area, Chicago, and NYC

Have you ever seen a one-star review on Amazon that criticized the quality or readability of the Kindle file—but had nothing to do with the book's content? This full-day workshop will ensure that your readers can judge your book on its merits, not how it looks on their ereaders.

Polish your ONIX skills with these full day training workshops

We're delighted to welcome leading software and services provider Firebrand Technologies as sponsor of these training workshops. Register now for one of these full-day workshops in the management of book metadata.

ONIX for Books In-Person Training with Graham Bell

Registration is now open for these full-day workshops in NYC and Boston.

These popular annual classes in ONIX for Books provide comprehensive training in the management of book metadata for supply chain effectiveness and increased commercial success. And for the first time, Graham is offering his ONIX Essentials class in Boston!

Webcast: Using BISAC Subject Headings To Find Your Readers

Learn the best ways to use the BISAC Subject Headings to find your readers.

How many BISAC subject codes can you assign to one book? Should you direct readers to search for that book on dolphin behavior in "Nature" or "Science"? How do you help make sure your cookbook is included in seasonal or gift book round-ups?

BISG and ALA In Research Partnership: Digital Content in Public Libraries to survey library patron consumption trends

BISG and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced a partnership to produce a major survey of public library patrons’ use of digital content. This is the first time both organizations have engaged in a joint research survey. The project, Digital Content in Public Libraries, was announced on Sunday, February 1 at ALA's 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.  

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Upcoming BISG Meetings & Events

Mar 6 2015 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Mar 17 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Mar 19 2015 - 9:30am to 12:30pm