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About BIC Basic BIC Basic is a set of standards for bibliographic data provision developed and promoted by Book Industry Communication, with the support and endorsement of the whole UK book industry, with the objective of improving the accuracy and timeliness of product information available to the book trade, notably at the point of sale. What does BIC Basic consist of? BIC Basic consists of three elements: 1. A statement of the basic data elements of a product record, whether for physical or digital products, which publishers and bibliographic agencies should be able to provide, accurately and on time, to UK retail booksellers and other supply chain intermediaries. 2. A set of guidelines and recommendations for the provision of product data. 3. A timetable for publishers for the electronic supply of product data to data aggregators. Why is BIC Basic important? The complexity of the book trade supply chain has always made it difficult to deliver timely and accurate information regarding price and availability to the point of sale, and this difficulty has been aggravated by the fact that publishers and distributors have not always given the provision of product information the priority it clearly deserves. BIC Basic helps to standardise procedures throughout the supply chain and in doing so increases the potential for up-to-date product information to aid purchase decisions by booksellers and consumers. The book trade needs faster, better information, and BIC Basic is a key contribution. What is the scope of BIC Basic? The BIC Basic data elements cover the main product types which are sold through the UK book supply chain: books; e-books; audio books; mixed media packs; maps; and promotional or point-of-sale material or trade packs relating to any of these. What kind of information is included in the BIC Basic standards? BIC Basic includes three groups of related data elements: 1. Bibliographic data elements, which constitute the basic description of the product and which are liable to change during the period between first announcement and publication but will not change materially after publication. 2. Transactional data elements, which detail the UK supply source, availability and price and are subject to change at any time. 3. Product rights data elements, which identify the status of UK sales rights and additionally any overseas territories where the product may or may not be sold. The above text is taken from Book Industry Communication's 'What is BIC Basic' document. For the full text, please click here.
About BIC Basic BIC Basic is a set of standards for bibliographic data provision developed and promoted by Book Industry Communication, with the support and endorsement of the whole UK book industry, with the objective of improving the accuracy and timeliness of product information available to the book trade, notably at the point of sale. What does BIC Basic consist of? BIC Basic consists of three elements: 1. A statement of the basic data elements of a product record, whether for physical or digital products, which publishers and bibliographic agencies should be able to provide, accurately and on time, to UK retail booksellers and other supply chain intermediaries. 2. A set of guidelines and recommendations for the provision of product data. 3. A timetable for publishers for the electronic supply of product data to data aggregators. Why is BIC Basic important? The complexity of the book trade supply chain has always made it difficult to deliver timely and accurate information regarding price and availability to the point of sale, and this difficulty has been aggravated by the fact that publishers and distributors have not always given the provision of product information the priority it clearly deserves. BIC Basic helps to standardise procedures throughout the supply chain and in doing so increases the potential for up-to-date product information to aid purchase decisions by booksellers and consumers. The book trade needs faster, better information, and BIC Basic is a key contribution. What is the scope of BIC Basic? The BIC Basic data elements cover the main product types which are sold through the UK book supply chain: books; e-books; audio books; mixed media packs; maps; and promotional or point-of-sale material or trade packs relating to any of these. What kind of information is included in the BIC Basic standards? BIC Basic includes three groups of related data elements: 1. Bibliographic data elements, which constitute the basic description of the product and which are liable to change during the period between first announcement and publication but will not change materially after publication. 2. Transactional data elements, which detail the UK supply source, availability and price and are subject to change at any time. 3. Product rights data elements, which identify the status of UK sales rights and additionally any overseas territories where the product may or may not be sold. The above text is taken from Book Industry Communication's 'What is BIC Basic' document. For the full text, please click here.
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