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BIC: Pre-Press for Publishing

An understanding of colour is vital for everyone involved in the design and production of print books. Taught by a pre-press expert at its premises this is an interactive course focusing on the pre-press workflow from image selection to file supply whether that be a file for print or digital distribution.
 
Poor image selection and mistakes at pre-press can be very expensive. This course will give you the skills to minimise the risk to your business and ensure you know how to get the result you want.
 
Using a combination of seminar, activities and practical demonstrations, the course will help you:

  • Create a great pre-press brief
  • Assess image quality and their suitability for your book
  • Understand colour theory and how it impacts the finished book
  • Understand colour management
  • Know how retouching can improve an image
  • Know how to colour correct
  • Specifiy the correct file format for your needs
  • Understand the different proofing options available and know which one is right for you
  • Know the different digital options available and be able to select the most appropriate one for your needs.

 
All of BIC’s courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.

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BIC: ONIX: Essentials

This course is aimed at staff with management responsibility for metadata, either in IT, marketing or production within a publisher, or in similar roles in distribution and retailing. It is suitable for beginners and/or those with no prior knowledge of ONIX.

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BIC: Implementing Thema

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in book product data quality in general, and book subject classification in particular. Whatever your background, whether from an Editorial, Marketing or Systems perspective, this course is relevant to individuals from all professional disciplines within the trade.

Some familiarity with bibliographic subject classification (e.g. use of schemes such as BIC, BISAC or Thema) is assumed, but not essential.

This course provides an introduction to Thema – the international subject classification scheme for the global book trade – explaining the need for such a scheme; its origins, development and uptake; its benefits across the trade; and the key differences (and similarities) between the BIC scheme and Thema. Specifically, the course guides trainees through the processes involved in implementing Thema in their systems and product records, and in managing the migration from BIC (the current UK standard) to Thema (its international replacement).

The course explains how the Thema codes are used and interpreted throughout the supply chain. While not a detailed, comprehensive training session in Thema coding practice, the course will include some guidance on best practice in Thema application, in the context of demonstrating how accurate Thema subject classification is essential for effective search and discovery in-store and online.

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BIC: Metadata for Beginners

Metadata for Beginners is aimed at anyone in the publishing industry who is involved with bibliographic data in the supply chain. It is further aimed at anyone needing a better understanding about bibliographic data and the role it plays in the commercial success of a book. The course aims to demystify the subject of metadata, a subject often regarded as technical and complicated.
 
Whether you’re a new-starter in the industry, you’ve changed jobs in-house or you’ve been in publishing ‘forever’ this course will get back to basics. The course is not technical and requires no prior knowledge of metadata. The course is relevant to those working in Editorial, Sales, Marketing, Production and IT.
 
Course Content:

  • The definition of Metadata
  • What information makes up Metadata?
  • Who is responsible for metadata in a publishing house?
  • What are the different formats used to capture metadata?
  • Metadata for print and e-books
  • The importance of publisher metadata
  • Who are metadata end-users?
  • Metadata management
  • What are industry standards and why should publishers strive to meet them?
  • What is a data aggregator and who are the main players?
  • The life-cycle of metadata – where does book metadata go after it leaves the publisher?
  • Why is metadata crucial to the commercial success of a book?
  • How can poor metadata hinder sales?
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BIC: New Trends in Publishing Seminar 2017

BIC’s annual New Trends in Publishing Seminar provides an insight to the latest and hottest innovations and changes in the industry. The event also provides an opportunity to network with colleagues and other BIC members.

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BIC: An Introduction to Mono Book Production

An understanding of print is vital for everyone involved in the production of books and this course looks specifically at the production of mono books.
 
BIC’s courses focus on the practical application of knowledge. During the course you will spend time at in the press-room and bindery, seeing first hand books are produced and learning how to apply this knowledge in your day-to-day role.
 
This two-day course looks specifically at the challenges in producing mono books, from pre-press through printing, finishing and distribution. It looks at the different technologies available, their pros and cons and how to use them effectively.
 
All of BIC’s courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.
 
The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently. You will learn about:

  • The different print technologies available and how to pick the right one for your book
  • What the ‘long tail’ is and how it works in practice
  • How POD is different from traditional book production
  • How to chose the right proof for your book
  • How to prepare files for printers
  • How plates are made
  • Which papers are suitable for mono books and how to select the right one for your book
  • How ink is made
  • How cold- and heat-set litho differ
  • How cover finishes are achieved and how to use them cost effectively
  • What to consider when designing a cover with finishes
  • How binding works and what to consider when choosing a binding style
  • How cases are made
  • How to produce a slip case
  • How a print price is constructed and how to request a quote
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BIC: eBook Creation: Investigated & Explained

The pace of change in publishing is ever increasing, not least in the creation and use of eBooks. Consumers and devices get ever more sophisticated and the demands on publishers to keep up are immense. BIC’s courses focus on the practical application of knowledge and this course provides an overview of the creation of eBooks, the routes to market and the changing technology available to us and our customers. It’s a comprehensive introduction for those new to eBooks and a great update for those already in production.
 
All of BIC’s courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.
 
The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently. You will learn:

  • What XML is and how it’s used
  • The different digital workflows and the pros and cons of using them
  • The limitations of the devices currently on the market and how this impacts your eBook
  • The difference between apps, eBooks and online products and how to select the right one
  • The pros and cons of DRM
  • What metadata is, how to use it effectively and how this impacts discoverability
  • How to decide whether your eBook should have a bespoke design or replicate the printed version
  • What HTML5 is and when to use it
  • The different file formats available and when to use them
  • How to specify your eBook requirements to a supplier
  • How to decide whether fixed format or reflowable is right for your book
  • What interactivity and enhancements are available and how to choose the right one for you
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BIC: Digital Book Production Explained

With print methods changing fast, it can be hard to keep up with the latest and best production opportunities. This course looks at the different digital print technologies and their applications, giving you a thorough understanding of the pros and cons of each and helping you to select the right method for your projects in the future.
 
BIC’s courses focus on the practical application of knowledge. During the course you will spend time in the press-room and bindery, seeing first hand how books are produced on digital presses.
 
All of BIC’s courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.
 
This course will provide you with an overview of the different technologies available and how to select the right one for your project. You will learn:

  • What is meant by short run printing?
  • How the economics of digital print works and publishing models?
  • How orders are generated and processed (EDI, ASR, OLO)
  • What you need to consider when creating files for digital print production
  • The different print technologies that are used to put “ink” on paper
  • The pros and cons of each of the different methods
  • What paper stocks are available for digital printing and considerations
  • What finishing and binding options are available for short run title
  • What other opportunities the technology makes available e.g. personalisation, customisation, printing closer to market
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BIC: An Introduction to Colour Printing

Focusing on the print and bind process alongside colour theory and paper, this is a great introduction to colour book production. BIC’s courses focus on the practical application of knowledge. During the course you will spend time in the press-room and bindery, seeing first hand how books are produced and learning how to use this knowledge in your day-to-day role.

All of BIC’s courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.

The course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently.

You will learn:

  • The different print process available and how to pick the right one for your book
  • How colour is printed
  • How an image gets to the page, including conversion to CMYK, screens and ink density
  • How to chose the right proof for your book
  • How to assess paper and chose the right one for your book
  • What impact paper can have on your book
  • How a litho press is made ready and how to press pass a book
  • The different kinds of binding available
  • What finishes are available and how are they applied
  • How a print price is constructed and how to request a quote
  • How to produce co-editions
  • What can go wrong at each stage, how to recognise it and what you can do to prevent it.
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BIC: A Technical Introduction to ONIX & XML

The course is aimed at those responsible for developing, implementing or operating systems: for producing or consuming ONIX for Books product data; or for data quality control. This is a technical course and is therefore more likely to benefit those with development and operational roles and those with direct managerial responsibility in such areas. One of the key aims of the course is to provide an introduction to XML for those with no knowledge of the technology, so no previous XML experience is necessary. The other key aim of the course is to introduce ONIX for Books from an XML perspective. It would be helpful if delegates have a basic understanding of the product information requirements of the book supply chain.

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