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The Book Industry Study Group regularly releases new and updated guidelines for industry best practices in areas that address metadata, rights, subject codes, supply chain, and workflow issues. Our posts address these and other issues across five topic categories.

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BISG 2022: "Build Books Better"
BISG 2022: "Build Books Better"

The pandemic has challenged supply chains across almost all industries, including book publishing. Long-standing practices for things like forecasting, vendor management, paper ordering, data sharing, and extended supply chains have all been questioned. Continue Reading

Postedby Brian F. O'Leary
Date posted01/10/2022


BISG Publishes 2021 Updates to BISAC Subject Headings
BISG Publishes 2021 Updates to BISAC Subject Headings

This year’s update added 94 codes and modified 85 “literals” – the text description of each code -- with 3 inactivations across 30 of the 53 top-level sections. A total of 23 sections had at least one addition to the code list. Continue Reading

Postedby Brian F. O'Leary
Date posted01/4/2022


BISG Announces Supply Chain “Brown Bag” Lunch Series
BISG Announces Supply Chain “Brown Bag” Lunch Series

Conversations begin with a short (20 minute) presentation on a specific topic. An open discussion forum follows, during which participants will be invited to share their reactions to the discussion topic or alternatively raise any other topic of concern. Continue Reading

Postedby Brian F. O'Leary
Date posted11/30/2021


Providing BISG Members With Access to Health Insurance and Prescription Drug Benefits
Providing BISG Members With Access to Health Insurance and Prescription Drug Benefits

BISG members have access to health insurance and prescription drug benefits through LIG Solutions. Continue Reading

Postedby Brian F. O'Leary
Date posted11/1/2021


Tackling Shipping and Freight Challenges in the Book Business
Tackling Shipping and Freight Challenges in the Book Business

In July 2021, BISG hosted a webinar conversation about the challenges and potential strategies available to manage constraints in the book publishing supply chain. Continue Reading

Postedby Brian F. O'Leary
Date posted09/27/2021


Of Boards, Budgets, and Sustainability
Of Boards, Budgets, and Sustainability

On April 23, BISG held its 45th annual meeting, hosting nearly 200 virtual attendees in a multi-session discussion dedicated to "Ensuring a Sustainable Future for the Book Business". Continue Reading

Postedby Brian F. O'Leary
Date posted05/3/2021


BISG Announces 2021 Industry Award Honorees
BISG Announces 2021 Industry Award Honorees

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) will recognize Maureen McMahon, President & Publisher at Kaplan Publishing, Connie Harbison, Director of Authority Control at Baker & Taylor, and Andy Hunter, CEO of Bookshop, with industry awards presented at its Annual Meeting in New York on April 23. Continue Reading

Postedby Brian F. O'Leary
Date posted04/5/2021


Ensuring a Sustainable Future for the Book Business
Ensuring a Sustainable Future for the Book Business

The meeting will explore different ways that the book industry supply chain is addressing matters of sustainability. In addition, a portion of the meeting will present BISG’s FY2022 budget and ask BISG’s members to approve a new slate of candidates for BISG's board of directors. Continue Reading

Postedby Brian F. O'Leary
Date posted03/18/2021


Meet BISG's Committee Chairs
Meet BISG's Committee Chairs

For the first time, all five BISG standing committees are chaired by women. Continue Reading

Postedby Brian F. O'Leary
Date posted03/14/2021


BISG Recognizes Four Committee Efforts
BISG Recognizes Four Committee Efforts

Since 2017, BISG has recognized committee work with four service awards that link our core objectives with the work done by committee members. Continue Reading

Postedby Brian F. O'Leary
Date posted01/24/2021


Celebrating BISG's Committee Members
Celebrating BISG's Committee Members

Committee work isn't glamorous, and it remains the most important tool we have to explore problems that often look different to various parts of the supply chain. Through dialogue and debate, we work to find common understandings. Continue Reading

Postedby Brian F. O'Leary
Date posted01/10/2021


Creating Demand at Scale: Audience Development Delivers Publisher Success
Creating Demand at Scale: Audience Development Delivers Publisher Success

Connecting books to readers demands scalable marketing and technology tools that promote discoverability and sales using data that is acquired through the pools of readers and book consumers. Continue Reading

Postedby Mary McAveney
Date posted12/6/2019