May 2010 is the 10th anniversary of ONIX for Books Release 1.0. The first release was a result of a need to provide full, accurate data to online retailers. That need was first expressed through the Association of American Publishers who worked with EDItEUR to develop release 1.0.
For publishers, experience has shown that ONIX for Books brings two important business benefits. As a communications format, it makes it possible to deliver rich product information into the supply chain in a standard form, to wholesalers and distributors, to larger retailers, to data aggregators, and to affiliate companies. And by providing a template for the content and structure of a product record, ONIX has helped to stimulate the introduction of better internal information systems, capable of bringing together all the “metadata” needed for the description and promotion of new and backlist titles.