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Getting Your Samples & Excerpts Into the Supply Chain – June 4, 2019, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT

Make sure your samples, excerpts, and reading guides are available for retailers, reviewers, and Loan Stars by sending them to BiblioShare for display on sites like BNC CataList. How? BookNet Canada project managers Tim Middleton and Carol Gordon will provide a step-by-step walkthrough that covers: how to provide this content to BiblioShare; when you should be making them available to best support marketing campaigns, retailer requests, and Loan Stars recommending; and how they will be displayed in CataList.

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CataList: Metadata and supplementary data for catalogues – Feb. 26, 2019, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT

CataList runs on data, whether you're creating catalogues, sharing notes with buyers, or adding preview content to support the sales process. So making sure you understand all the different data points you can add (including samples, promotion plans, and more!) and the most efficient ways to keep it all updated is crucial to marketing books successfully through CataList.

Project Manager Carol Gordon will address the most commonly asked questions about data in CataList and highlight priorities to support significant recent and upcoming site features.

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CataList PDF Customization – Oct. 24, 2018, 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT

Our users asked for it and now here it is! Catalogue creators can customize their PDF exports with flexible row and column layout options, their own headers, footers, optional introductory or end pages, and more. Plus, you can easily save your custom templates for future use and share them with other users in your account.

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SalesData's Multiple ISBN Report for Publishers (July 2018)

The Multiple ISBN Report provides several, customizable ways to look up sales for multiple titles at once: You can use a list of ISBNs or search by title/subtitle/series, author/contributor, imprint, distributor, or subject, compare your results by markets or over time, and even narrow it down with a range of pub dates. With so much customization at your fingertips, the possibilities for creating unique, insightful reports for your titles are nearly endless.

Join Monique Mongeon, Project Manager for SalesData, to learn about the many ways you can use the Multiple ISBN Report to save time, get the exact information you're looking for, and build automated reports to easily deliver weekly insights.

Video recording available for SalesData subscribers — get in touch to request access

Introduction to Loan Stars (June 2018)

An introduction to the Loan Stars program and BNC CataList for Canadian library staff.

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Thema Refresher (June 2018)

Publishers! As interest in Thema's multilingual subject category scheme grows among retailers in Canada and abroad, make sure you're up to speed on what it is, how it works, and if it's in your best interest to start using it in your metadata. Join Tom Richardson, BookNet Canada's Bibliographic Manager, to learn the basics of Thema, find out our recommendations for publisher adoption, and discover the tools and resources you can start using today.

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How BiblioShare Supports Bookselling (March 7, 2018, 1-2 p.m. ET)

In this webinar, we'll show you how the data submitted by publishers to BiblioShare can be used by retailers to support online book sales. From Web Services like our WordPress plugin to sites like BNC CataList and 49th Shelf, publishers will discover how to better support discoverability and online bookselling through metadata, and retailers big and small will learn how BiblioShare's integrations with widely used modern retail tools take away some of the pain of promoting and selling books online.

Who should attend? Anyone in the Canadian book industry who works with creating and/or distributing metadata or wants to promote and/or sell books online. (Or anyone interested in how metadata flows through BiblioShare, who can and should be using it, and what tools we provide for putting it to good use.)

Presented by Tim Middleton, Project Manager, BookNet Canada

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Major Updates in Bibliographic Standards – Subjects & More (Jan. 16, 2018, 1-2 p.m. ET)

What's newly the same for 2018 and planning for the differences

From BISAC to Thema, find out what changes and additions occurred in 2017 and what they mean for your metadata. In this free, live webinar, BookNet Canada's Bibliographic Manager Tom Richardson will give a rundown of all the major updates from the previous year and highlight the major areas where you should be making adjustments (and why) as we forge ahead into 2018. Come prepared to ask questions and share your metadata concerns.

Presenter: Tom Richardson, Bibliographic Manager, BookNet Canada

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Introduction to the Canadian Supply Chain (Nov. 22, 2017, 1-2 p.m. ET)

How do all the moving pieces of the Canadian supply chain work together to get books from editors' desks into readers' hands? From metadata to shipment notices and from consumer behaviour to sales analysis, BookNet Canada's Noah Genner will provide a detailed overview and explain how BookNet serves as the supply chain's nerve centre. Join us for a live one-hour webinar and come prepared to ask questions.

Presenter: Noah Genner, President & CEO, BookNet Canada

Noah Genner has an extensive background in independent bookselling, software and business development. As the leader of BookNet Canada he orchestrates a skilled team of technical, policy oriented and client focused staff to provide new data management services and supply-chain initiatives to the Canadian publishing and book retail sectors. Before working at BookNet Canada, Noah ran his own technology and software development consulting business, servicing a wide range of clients including book publishers and printers. Prior to that, Noah was Director of Software Development for consumer market research leader Compusense, where he oversaw the development of a variety of software projects used by numerous Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Noah serves on the Board of Directors of the Book Industry Study Group and eBOUND Canada, and is Chair of the ONIX International Steering Committee.

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SalesData's Single ISBN Multi-Market Report for Publishers (Oct. 3, 2017, 1-1:30 p.m. ET)

Curious what the new Single ISBN Multi-Market Report is all about? Developed based on user feedback, it can be run from its own tab under the usual Single ISBN Report and shows sales for a single ISBN by market over a selected date range. (In the old SalesData system, this was called the All Peers Report.) We'll be explaining why publishers may be interested in this particular report, how to run it, and how to make sense of the results in this short, live webinar.

Presenter: Monique Mongeon, Project Manager, BookNet Canada

Video recording available for SalesData subscribers — get in touch to request access

CataList & WordStock – Together at last! (Sept. 19, 2017, 1-1:30 p.m. ET)

Say goodbye to manual data entry and import new catalogue items and orders directly from CataList into your WordStock single- or multi-store system. In this short, live webinar, learn how to get the integration up and running, from the quick setup process in CataList, including how to enter custom WordStock data points, to working with orders in WordStock.

Presenters: BNC's Carol Gordon will walk you through all the details, with WordStock's Jeff Spakowski and Bill Solomon joining us to answer any questions you may have.

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Using Excel to Graph Your Sales Data (June 13, 2017, 1-2 p.m. ET)

There's no shortage of data available in SalesData (hence the name), but do you know how to analyze it all? Learn how to use Excel to turn all that data into handy, illuminating graphs that will help you better understand the market and make thoughtful projections. After all, tools are more useful when you know how to use them, and more intelligence means better business.

Presenter: Monique Mongeon, Project Manager, BookNet Canada

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CataList for Libraries (Feb. 22, 2017)

The new and improved BNC CataList has lots of added features and enhancements to help libraries in their day-to-day work. In this short overview, we'll show you how to use the new site to find forthcoming titles more quickly and easily, request reading copies, vote for the Loan Stars readers' advisory program, make and share custom catalogues, use MARC exports, and more.

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CataList for Publisher Sales Reps (Feb. 15, 2017)

The new and improved BNC CataList has lots of added features and enhancements to help sales reps sell books. In this short overview, we'll show you how to use the new site to filter and share forthcoming titles more quickly and easily, enable requests for reading copies, view integrated SalesData reporting, and more.

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CataList for Retailers (Feb. 8, 2017)

The new and improved BNC CataList has lots of added features and enhancements to help booksellers find and source books. In this short overview, we'll show you how to use the new site to find forthcoming titles more quickly and easily, request print and digital reading copies, make and share custom catalogues, view integrated SalesData reporting, and more.

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Mastering Sales Rights and Territory in ONIX (Sept. 14, 2016)

BNC Bibliographic Manager Tom Richardson unpacks your feedback and discusses ways to help companies achieve more clarity and efficacy in their sales rights and territory statements through ONIX.

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Intro to CataList & Loan Stars for Libraries (March 9, 2016)

Join BookNet Canada to learn everything you need to know to participate in Loan Stars, the new readers' advisory service fuelled by voting library staff across the country. Plus, get a guided tour of CataList, the online catalogue tool where Loan Stars voting takes place, to discover how to get the most out of your account, including accessing digital galleys, ordering books, exporting MARC records, and more.

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What the New YA BISAC Codes Mean for Your Books (Jan. 14, 2016)

The future is now! It's 2016 and while we still don't have (real) hoverboards, we're getting something better: distinct BISAC subject codes for young adult books. The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) released their latest code list at the end of 2015 with 446 new codes for Young Adult Fiction (YAF) and Young Adult Non-Fiction (YAF) titles and an implementation date of Jan. 31, 2016. 

The new codes will help every stage of the supply chain (learn how on the blog). To better understand what's happening, why, when, and how to get ready, we will have:

  • Connie Harbison, Chair of BISG's BISAC Subject Committee and Director at Baker & Taylor, explain the new codes and provide useful resources for implementation;

  • BookNet's Tom Richardson give an overview of how industry stakeholders—including your favourite BookNet products—are adopting the changes; and,

  • Indigo Books & Music at your disposal to answer questions about implementation of the codes at the retailer level.

View Connie's presentation slides

Download BISG's BISAC Subject Headings, 2015 Edition

Download BISG's BISAC 2015 JUV to YA Mapping 

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Direct-to-Consumer Marketing (Nov. 30, 2015)

Join Brian O'Leary of Magellan Media Consulting as he presents eight methods book publishers can use to leverage content marketing for successful ROI, along with the tools to implement a successful content marketing strategy at your publishing house. In this one-hour webinar, he will describe the models most beneficial to publishers, ways to attract and retain an audience, and how to monetize the process.

About the host: Brian O’Leary is founder and principal of Magellan Media Consulting, which works with publishers to improve how they create, manage, and distribute content. O’Leary writes extensively about issues affecting the publishing industry. With Hugh McGuire, he edited Book: A Futurist's Manifesto (O’Reilly Media), a collection of forward-looking essays on publishing. O’Leary is also the author of research reports on: the use of metadata in the book industry supply chain, territorial rights in the digital age; and best practices in digital exports. He has studied the impact of free content and digital piracy on paid book sales and was the editor and primary contributor on a study of the use of XML in book publishing.

Before he became a consultant, O’Leary served as senior VP and associate publisher with Hammond Inc., where he restructured editorial operations to benefit from the firm’s prior technology investments. He came to Hammond after a 12-year career overseeing production and distribution operations at several of Time Inc.’s weekly magazines, including Time, Entertainment Weekly and People. O’Leary joined Time Inc. after earning an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He also holds an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard College.

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Educational Standards (Sept. 21, 2015)

This webinar will share the design of the BISG’s new Educational Taxonomy along with ideas on how Canadian publishers can use the terms to aid discovery of appropriate educational materials and resources online. It will also show the importance of related metadata elements for educational titles.

BISG’s new Educational Taxonomy lists the key terms that describe current and emerging educational standards, concepts, learning objectives, and methodologies used in the classroom, such as Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and more. It was developed by the BISG Educational Standards Taxonomy Working Group and incorporates feedback from potential users and from educators and librarians on their search habits. It is available for free download here.

About the host: Patricia Payton, Senior Manager of Publisher Relations and Content Development for Bowker, a ProQuest Affiliate, is responsible communicating book and journal metadata requirements and best practices to publishers of all sizes. Patricia has experience in retail bookstores as well as international markets. She also holds a Master’s degree in Library Information Science specializing in Digital Libraries as well as an MBA. She actively contributes to BISG, AAP, and other industry committees. You can find her on twitter @Metadata24X7.

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Find BISG’s Educational Taxonomy here

Build a Bookstore with Shopify (March 30, 2015)

Let us introduce BookNet Canada’s new Bookstore Builder Shopify app! If you want to sell books online, our app provides an easy way to add accurate, relevant product data to your online bookstore. By leveraging the close to 1 million product images and nearly 2 million ONIX records in our BiblioShare database, the app is currently able to pull the following data: title, contributor, price, weight, main or long description, and cover image. Attend our free webinar for a rundown of how it works and how to get started. The webinar will start with a brief introduction to Shopify from Patrick McMullan, Shopify Guru, and then BookNet’s own Tim Middleton will walk you through using the Bookstore Builder Shopify app.

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ONIX 2.1 to 3.0 (Jan. 26, 2015)

Join Graham Bell, Executive Director of the global ONIX standards organization EDItEUR, to learn what you need to know about transitioning from ONIX 2.1 to ONIX 3.0. What are the differences between the two versions? Which changes are easy to make, and which will take more planning? How can you get started?

More about Graham Bell: Prior to his recent appointment as the organization’s Executive Director, Graham served EDItEUR as its Chief Data Architect, where he focused on the continuing development and application of ONIX for Books, and on other EDItEUR standards for both the book and serials sectors. Graham previously worked for HarperCollins Publishers in the UK, where most recently he was Head of Publishing Systems. He has over a decade of experience with ONIX for Books.

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Read our FAQ about the ONIX 2.1 sunset

Keywords (July 22, 2014)

Join Jenny Bullough, Manager of Digital Assets at Harlequin, and Jim Reynolds, Director of eCommerce Product Management at Indigo, for an informative free webinar on using keywords in your metadata. We’ll review the newly published BISG Best Practices for Keywords in Metadata and gain insight into why and how keywords can benefit you in Indigo’s marketplace.

Topics covered include: 

  • What are keywords?

  • Why use keywords?

  • How to use keywords

  • Tools

More about the presenters:

Jenny Bullough, Manager, Digital Assets at Harlequin Press, is your favourite kind of book nerd. In her nearly 20 years in book publishing she has acquired and edited fiction and nonfiction for print and digital publication, and as Manager of Digital Assets for Harlequin and Carina Press, she is responsible for text file coordination, ebook production, and metadata creation and maintenance for 110 print titles and 300 ebook titles per month. In her spare time she obsesses over poorly categorized book data and procrastinates when asked to write about herself in the third person.

Jim Reynolds is the Director of eCommerce Product Management at Indigo Books and Music, where he works with technology partners developing and executing digital strategy. With over ten years of experience in digital, Jim has helped major retailers such as Sears, Wal-Mart, and Indigo optimize their online experience. Passionate for technology and the ever-changing retail environment, he lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter and can often be found hunched over his smart phone researching other smart phones.

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Thema (June 23, 2014)

Thema is a new international standard for book subject classification. If you sell books globally, including Thema subjects in your metadata will help ensure that your books are correctly categorized.

This 45-minute webinar, presented by BookNet Canada’s Tom Richardson and Neha Thanki, will answer the following questions:

  • What is Thema?

  • How is Thema different than BISAC?

  • How do I use the BISAC to Thema Translator?

  • How can I implement Thema and follow best practices?

There will also be time for questions.

To try out the BISAC to Thema Translator, please visit http://bisactothema.biblioshare.org/

For more on Thema, please visit http://www.editeur.org/151/Thema/

If you have questions about the BNC Thema Webinar, contact BookNet Canada.

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View our guide: Using BISAC in Thema Implementation


Here you will find opportunities to join us in BookNet's Toronto headquarters for in-person training on our tools and other essential industry know-how. Or ask us about coming to your location.

Past Training

ONIX & Metadata Training with EDItEUR's Graham Bell (Monday, May 29 & Tuesday, May 30, 2017)

BookNet Canada is offering two courses with EDItEUR's Graham Bell this May for those who want to advance their skills working with metadata and the ONIX standard. Attendees can register for either or both days. The cost for one day is $200, or $350 for both days (plus tax).

ONIX: Essentials (May 29) is the first of two intensive, all-day, ONIX training sessions. Graham Bell introduces the ONIX standard and the essentials of producing, managing, and disseminating book metadata. This course gives you all the vital information to understand the basics of ONIX and how it's used in the book industry. It mixes the background and theory of metadata with real-world practice and guidance in an approachable but authoritative way.

ONIX: Advanced Topics (May 30) builds upon the knowledge of ONIX gained through the Essentials training course, and covers more advanced features of book metadata, identifiers, and ONIX for Books, including its use with ebooks and the latest features of ONIX 3.0. Exact course content is varied according to the interests of the attendees.

Who they're for: Both courses are aimed at staff with management responsibility for metadata, either in editorial, IT, marketing, or production within a publisher, or in similar roles within distribution and retailing. They are not highly technical, but software developers seeking to understand ONIX would benefit from these courses. The Essentials course is suitable for those with little or no prior knowledge of ONIX, but also benefits those who already have significant experience – it is not merely a ‘beginners' introduction’ and it covers the key ONIX concepts in detail. Attendees for the Advanced Topics course should – as a minimum – have previously attended EDItEUR’s Essentials course or have extensive experience with ONIX, most likely gained over several years.

About the instructor: Graham Bell is Executive Director of EDItEUR, which is responsible for the overall development of EDItEUR’s standards and the management services it provides on behalf of other standards agencies (including the International ISBN, IDF and ISNI agencies). He joined EDItEUR as its Chief Data Architect in 2010, focussed on the continuing development and application of ONIX for Books, and on other EDItEUR standards for both the book and serials sectors. He has over a decade of experience with ONIX for Books, was responsible for EDItEUR’s work on Thema, and delivers regular technical training and conference sessions on ONIX and EDItEUR’s other standards. Graham previously worked for HarperCollins Publishers in the UK, where he was Head of Publishing Systems. He led the development of bibliographic and digital asset management systems, and was involved with the launches of many HarperCollins digital initiatives including e-audio, ebooks, and print-on-demand programmes. Prior to HarperCollins, he worked as an editor and in IT roles within the magazine industry with Redwood Publishing and BBC Magazines. Twitter – @EDItEUR_org / Web – editeur.org / Email – info@editeur.org