Make sure your books are seen by book-buyers and librarians


Once your book is close to publication you need to list it on our database along with its basic bibliographic information. By doing so you will ensure that both retail and library customers have pre-publication information for your print and e-books as soon as possible. Booksellers and librarians use our database to search and purchase books.

Our basic listing service allows you to list the bibliographic data required to meet the minimum Book Industry Communication (BIC) Basic Standard. More information on this standard is available on the BIC website.

Our recent research shows that titles meeting the BIC Basic requirements enjoy double the average sales of books that don’t meet the standard. These and other trends are explored in our latest Metadata Report which is free to download here.


Information can be supplied to us in the following ways:

Our Title Editor online service.

A structured electronic file: this is an option for larger publishers who have a catalogue of more than 200 titles and a development fee may be charged.

A standardised ONIX XML file.

We recommend independent publishers and self-published authors use our Title Editor service and if you have purchased your ISBN(s) via the Nielsen ISBN Store you will have already been asked to register. Nielsen Title Editor enables you to view and edit your book information, upload new titles and add cover images. The site is free to use and is the quickest way of supplying your data to our database.

If you get stuck or would like more information, simply contact our Publisher Help Desk:

Webinar Overviews

Introduction to Nielsen BookData’s services: An overview of the book industry and Nielsen BookData’s role within it, followed by the importance of the ISBN.

Make your title discoverable: An overview of how to supply your title information to Nielsen BookData and the importance of enriching your metadata.

Create a mini website for your book: An overview of our ‘look inside’ marketing tool.

Streamline your orders and track your success: An overview of how to manage your orders, followed by an introduction to using sales data to measure your performance.


Don’t forget ! Make sure you keep your information up to date, especially any price changes or if your book goes out of print.

The book trade standard is at least five months ahead of your publication date. This is to ensure that retailers have your new product information in time to support your pre-sales marketing activity.

Uploading an image for your book is very important as our research shows that the inclusion of a cover image in the product record has a positive effect on sales. For printed books, it is also important to include the dimensions and weight of the book, as this will help online retailers select the right sized carton for dispatch. For e-books include the file type, for example, epubs, pdf, etc, as this will help the end user identify whether the downloadable file is compatible with their device.

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