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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.  

Webcast: Best Practices for Book Metadata | June 4, 2015 | 1:00 p.m. EDT

Register here for this webcast on how you can help increase sales and discoverability for your print or digital titles by using accepted industry practices to denote book metadata for elements like page count, title and subtitle, series designations, formats, editions, age ranges, rights and territory codes, and much more.

 

EPUB 3 Support Grid Update Now Allows Users to Test for Accessibility

IDPF Digital Book 2015 and MIP Update! IDPF Adds Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., Gaming Expert, Futurist, and Bestselling Author to Keynote Roster; Extends Early Bird Pricing

The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) has announced that gaming specialist, futurist, Penguin author, and accomplished TED Talker Jane McGonigal, Ph.D., has been added to the keynote address sequence at the 2015 IDPF Digital Book Conference, which opens BookExpo America on May 27 at the Javits Center in New York City.

Hold the date for our most popular event: BISG's 2015 Annual Meeting of Members

Our upcoming Annual Meeting of Members on September 18, 2015 in New York City will be an occasion to celebrate our collective achievements with BISG's annual awards, hear stimulating keynote addresses from leading thinkers, and get together with colleagues and peers from all sectors of publishing. Read about our 2014 meeting here.

News from BISG: April 2015 Bulletin

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BISG's Making Information Pay 2015: How Standards Empower Innovators

"Standards are the plumbing and electricity in the house that creativity built. They allow us to turn on the lights in rooms we only ever imagined; without them we would remain in the dark."—Mary Alice Elcock, VP of Marketing & Publisher Relations at BitLit, recipient of BISG's 2014 Industry Innovation Award

Updated BISAC 2014 to Thema 1.1 Mapping Now Available

The updated BISAC 2014 to Thema mapping reflects revisions in the BISAC Subject Headings, 2014 Edition, and the current version 1.1 of Thema, the unified global subject classification system for print and digital books that facilitates the sale of U.S. books internationally.

BISG's Metadata Summit, May 8 in NYC: Harnessing the evolving power of metadata

Accurate and robust metadata boosts discoverability and efficiency, especially when all trading partners use standard formats and data elements. But rapid technological changes, while enabling rich new forms of content that can be distributed in new ways to reach more people, place new demands on book metadata management and its transmission.

Access or Ownership in Digital Publishing: NISO-BISG 9th Annual Forum at ALA

Digital content in the library channel raises many issues about business processes and ownership models, affecting publishers, services providers, and libraries alike. This free half-day symposium presented by NISO and BISG on the afternoon of June 26 at ALA in San Francisco will explore evolving business models, discuss what's working, and identify problems that still need to be solved.

Embracing Change: March Bulletin with News and Information from BISG

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Upcoming BISG Meetings & Events

May 28 2015 - 1:15pm to 4:00pm
May 29 2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Jun 2 2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Jun 3 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Jun 4 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm