Of Trends and Technology: What Does BISG Mean to “The Rest of Us”?

December 2007
by Florrie Binford Kichler

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by Florrie Binford Kichler

Of Trends and Technology: What Does BISG Mean to “The Rest of Us”?

Next time you turn a book over and see “Science Fiction” on the cover, thank the Book Industry Study Group for establishing the BISAC (Book Industry Standards and Communications) Subject Heading code that prevents a new sci-fi thriller entitled From Another Planet from being shelved in the Astronomy section of the bookstore or library.

In 1999, a groundbreaking report entitled The Rest of Us pointed out for the first time the impact of independent publishing on the industry. Thank your association and the Book Industry Study Group, which partnered in shining the spotlight on the economic muscle of independent publishers.

Wish you had a crystal ball and could see into the industry’s future? Thank the Book Industry Study Group for producing a yearly edition of Book Industry TRENDS that provides projections for unit and dollar sales in various categories and sales channels.

What Is BISG?

The Book Industry Study Group was begun in the mid-1970s to address the need for book industry information and research. Some of the issues i…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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