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BISG Announces BISAC Subject Codes Update
BISG Announces BISAC Subject Codes Update

An update to the BISAC Subject Code List was released in December, following a webinar presented by committee chair Connie Harbison of Baker & Taylor. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
01/11/2023


Challenged by 979 ISBNs? We want to hear from you
Challenged by 979 ISBNs? We want to hear from you

Bowker announced the rollout of ISBNs with 979 prefixes more than three years ago, but some publishers are reporting problems getting 979 products listed on retail sites. BISG is looking for documented instances to help find the root causes. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
11/28/2022


BISG Launches a "Rights FAQ"
BISG Launches a "Rights FAQ"

BISG's Rights Committee has developed a set of "frequently asked questions" about rights and royalties management, each accompanied by an informed answer reflecting best practice. The full list is available on the BISG web site. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
10/4/2022


BISG Reveals Updated "Supply Chain Monitor" Survey Results
BISG Reveals Updated "Supply Chain Monitor" Survey Results

BISG fields a supply-chain survey every two months. The second wave of results has been analyzed, with signs of slow but steady improvement in how the book industry is managing in a period of scarcity and higher expenses. Continue Reading

by Jonathan Fiedler
09/26/2022


BISG "Supply Chain Monitor" Survey Open Now
BISG "Supply Chain Monitor" Survey Open Now

As part of its regular monitoring of the supply chain, BISG is soliciting a second wave of survey responses. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
08/15/2022


BISG Reveals First "Supply Chain Monitor" Results
BISG Reveals First "Supply Chain Monitor" Results

In its first of a series of periodic surveys, BISG finds a book industry supply chain challenged by scarcity and some uncertainty about paper and printing capacity. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
06/28/2022


BISG Launches "Supply Chain Monitor"
BISG Launches "Supply Chain Monitor"

BISG's Supply Chain committee is launching a new, bi-monthly survey to gather information about the book industry supply chain and issues the community faces in navigating the current landscape. Continue Reading

by Brian F. O'Leary
06/7/2022


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

by Brian F. O'Leary
01/4/2022


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

by Brian F. O'Leary
11/30/2021


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

by Brian F. O'Leary
09/27/2021


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

by Brian F. O'Leary
03/14/2021


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

by Brian F. O'Leary
01/24/2021