March 15-31, 2005 Edition

ISBN-13 Support Project

Launched by Book

Industry Study Group, Inc.

New York, NY/03/09/05—The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) announced on Friday the launch of a new program, the ISBN-13 Education & Support Project, to focus on assisting organizations within the book industry better prepare for the changeover from 10- to 13-digit ISBNs. Laura Dawson, an independent consultant to the book industry, was appointed Project Manager.

Specifically commissioned by the Book Industry Standards and Communications (BISAC) arm of BISG, the ISBN-13 Education & Support Project will develop ISBN-13 education and PR initiatives to serve the industry over the next six months. Using the BISG website, collaterals, seminars, presentations and other outreach efforts, the project will provide both general and detailed information on all aspects of ISBN-13, from why and how to get an ISBN to the technical specs necessary for incorporating ISBN-13 into supply-chain databases.

“We’ve designed this program to answer questions raised by small and large organizations in all facets of the book industry,” said Jeff Abraham, Executive Director of BISG. “We’re really pushing for it to be all inclusive.”

In addition to other initiatives, the project will keep tabs on industry readiness and offer regular ISBN-13 seminars and presentations as appropriate where people will have the opportunity to hear industry experts present and respond to specific implementation issues.

“This is a real opportunity to level the playing field for the transition to ISBN-13 and to offer small and midsize companies the same level of guidance and support that the larger companies have,” said Dawson. “At the same time, however, it offers a great opportunity for the larger companies to troubleshoot and share expertise with those who really need it.”

About the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) is the industry’s leading trade association for policy, standards, and research. Membership consists of publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians, and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media. For over 25 years, BISG has provided a forum for all industry professionals to come together and efficiently address issues and concerns to advance the book community.