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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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BIC: Advanced ONIX for Books

The Advanced ONIX for Books training 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. Delegates should previously have attended the BIC training course “ONIX: Essentials” or have extensive experience with ONIX gained over several years. It is not aimed primarily at developers – there is relatively little technical content – but developers wishing to gain broad background knowledge will benefit from attending.

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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: 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 their 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: An Introduction to Production

Aimed at those new to book production. This course provides an interactive introduction to how books are made, looking at the whole process, including re-pro, colour management, the different print and binding methods used within the book industry and the language used to express it. It focuses on the role of production and how you can add value and avoid some of the pit falls of the process.

This seminar based course focuses on the practical application of knowledge. Hear first hand from industry experts on a broad range of subjects and learn how to apply 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 publishing business model and how you can affect its profitability
  • Where you fit into the business and how you can influence it
  • About pre-press and how decisions made at this point can impact the print cost and the quality of the finished book
  • The different print methods, when to use them and how to choose the right one for your
    book
  • The different papers available and how they can impact the cost and look of your book
  • The different binding methods, their pros and cons and the impact they have on design
  • The cover finishes available, their uses and limitations
  • How a book gets to the customer
  • How to select a supplier and request a quote
  • What to consider when scheduling a book
  • How to solve problems at each stage of the process.
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BIC: Building a Better Business Seminar at LBF 2017

Since 1999, BIC’s annual supply chain seminar at LBF has provided national and international representatives of the book industry, and members of the public, with an opportunity to meet and exchange views and information on all aspects of the supply chain.
 
This year’s seminar – Building a Better Business – will take place in The Dark Room, Olympia (Level 1, Grand Hall Gallery, beside the Media Centre).
 
Join BIC in this 2-hour session where you will hear from book industry experts on a variety of topics, all ultimately focussed on helping you build a more efficient business. You will learn how savvy publishers and retailers can radically improve their web page search ranking by using the extra mark-up schema.org vocabulary. You will hear about the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), and how it can be used to identify contributors and organisations, how it is assigned and how it can help publishers improve their business. You will hear an update on how things currently stand regarding accessibility within the book industry, and some concrete suggestions about where we should be heading, things we should be doing, opportunities, and upcoming milestones for all players including distributors, libraries, and retailers. You will learn, from recent 2016 studies in both the UK and the US about the importance of complete and timely metadata for discoverability and sales, what the latest trends are, the impact on the supply chain and ultimately the consumer. Additional speaker slots are to be confirmed shortly.
 
Stay informed about this event via Twitter:
Follow: @BIC1UK and #LBF17bbb

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New training courses launched for book production

We are very pleased to see that BIC (Book Industry Communication) have launched a whole new range of training courses for Production Staff to meet demands from the publishing industry. Ranging in length from half a day to two days, the Production courses cover the following areas: Introduction to Production Ebook Creation Printed books (colour […]

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