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BIC Realtime PlugFest 2018

Book Industry Communication

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 from 10:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

BIC Realtime PlugFest 2018

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
BIC Members
BIC members only. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. Invoice available on request – contact Alaina-Marie ( for further information.
28 Tickets 9 Jan 2018 £34.99 £2.41 £7.48
Non-Members 28 Tickets 9 Jan 2018 £79.99 £4.89 £16.98

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Book Industry Communication Ltd

BIC is the book industry’s independent supply chain organisation, committed to improving the efficiency of the trade and library supply chains, reducing cost and automating processes. BIC is committed to creating an efficient supply chain for both physical and digital products across the entire book industry, working with all relevant stakeholders to eliminate wasteful and time-consuming practices and implement solutions acceptable to all. BIC’s unique position of trust with all parties in the supply chain makes it possible to reach agreement on dependable standards and ways of working. Training is also at the heart of BIC’s activities and BIC strongly believes that successful businesses start with people.

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BIC Realtime PlugFest 

Following the publication of the BIC Realtime Implementation Guide (get your free copy, here), BIC invites your organisation to attend the BIC Realtime PlugFest in January 2018. A full day, hands-on event, this PlugFest will allow developers to engage first-hand with the BIC Realtime standard and begin / continue implementation.

What is BIC Realtime?
BIC Realtime establishes a set of standard APIs to enable computers to communicate with each other via the internet in real-time, requesting information and receiving an immediate response. It is for virtually all book businesses which hold databases of information (e.g. distributors, wholesalers and data providers) which could be of use to their trading partners (e.g. booksellers). By implementing BIC Realtime (XML communication over the Internet), organisations can communicate much more quickly, obtaining real-time replies to their requests.

Who should attend?
Developers from organisations which are looking to find out more and/or implement BIC Realtime APIs / web services will benefit from attending this event. NB: Attendees will be expected to bring their laptops to this event in order to develop code on the day; they will be given the opportunity to test the code against sandbox applications that will be provided.

Register your attendance on this page. 

Further information about this event will be released in due course.

Date of the PlugFest
Tuesday 16th January 2018.


Length of Workshop
This is a full-day event which will take place from 10am until 5pm.

30 maximum.  


Central London - exact location TBC.


The event is open to BIC members and non-members. The ticket prices are as follows:

BIC Members          £34.99 (ex VAT and Eventbrite fee)

Non-Members         £79.99 (ex VAT and Eventbrite fee)    


BIC Member tickets are available to BIC member organisations only.

Not sure if your organisation is a member? Check the BIC members list here.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact Alaina-Marie at: Please note that this process will incur a £20.00 administration fee.


On the Day 
All of BIC’s full-day events include refreshments and a full working lunch.


WiFi Access
A password will be provided on the day to delegates.




Please note: as we price our events so keenly, the running of them is dependent on there being a set minimum number of delegates registered by the time the booking period ceases. For this reason, please be aware that unfortunately some events may be cancelled if this requirement is not met. Should this happen, BIC will arrange for full refunds for all tickets booked. We will liaise with registered delegates at least 1 week prior to each event date regarding this. BIC apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Refund Policy

Please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with our refund policy:

Should you need to cancel your ticket, refunds may be given as follows:

  • Up to 6 calendar weeks (i.e. 42 calendar days) before the event: full refund
  • Less than 6 calendar weeks, but more than 2 calendar weeks (i.e. 14 days) before the event: 50% refund
  • Less than 2 calendar weeks before the event: no refund.

If you (or a colleague in your place) do not attend the event you have booked, no refund will be given.

Do you have questions about BIC Realtime PlugFest 2018? Contact Book Industry Communication

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 from 10:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

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Book Industry Communication

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of best practice, standard processes and procedures. We have excellent relationships with all major standards bodies and we work closely with the Book Industry Study Group in the US.

BIC unites all sectors of the publishing industry, so whether you're a publisher, on-line retailer, "bricks & mortar" retailer, distributor, library (academic or public), wholesaler, digital partner, literary agent, conversion house, or any combination of these, we're here for you. We offer a "one stop shop" experience, impartial advice and support on anything & everything related to the Supply Chain (digital and/or physical) and we always love to hear from our members...and anyone who might like to become a member. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

We want to hear your ideas, what you're working on, what's challenging you right now, and what changes/developments/projects etc you think the industry might benefit from - so that we can work on your behalf to deliver solutions.

Finally, as an FYI: without neglecting the printed book world, BIC will now be focussing an increasing amount of its energy on work in the Digital Supply Chain.


Digital & Physical Supply Chain, EDI/e-commerce, Metadata optimisation, Training courses, Industry Accreditation Schemes, Product Identifiers/Bar codes/ISBNs etc..., ONIX, Bibliographic standards, RFID, BIC Codes, Web Services, Addressing industry needs, Best practice


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