This Way Through the Bowker Info Maze

April 2002
by Pat Bell

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Need to update your publisher information or to get your company into the R.R. Bowker database in the first place? Tried to do it online and got lost in the maze of the Bowker Web site? Here’s a little lesson on entering this area.
At the time of this writing, the starting place is Bowkerlink.com (www.bowkerlink.com). From there, get to the Publisher Access System (http://www.bowkerlink.com/corrections/common/home.asp) to add a new title, to change information about an existing book, or to add or change information about your company. Click on the Add/Update in Books In Print® and Publishers Authority Database.

Now you’ll be at a screen (www.bowkerlink.com/corrections/bip/itemsearch.asp) where you can enter your Password and Username. If you’re logging on for the first time, you’ll need to fill in a form calling for your company’s name, the spokesperson, address, and other required bits of information. Click on Register (it goes to www.bowkerlink.com/common/StatementOfUse.asp?from=corrections&rgs=bip; this is Bowker’s Statement of Use.) Click on “Yes, I agree” to continue to register. You’ll be able to choose your username, but a password will be assigned to you. Be sure to save these two tidbits away in a separate, safe place. You’ll need them for subsequent visits. I keep a special file with passwords for all sorts of places. (Note: You’ll need to be a publisher who has previ…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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