Created by the book industry, for the book industry
For an empowered, informed supply chain
Established in 1991, BIC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation without commercial objective or emphasis. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with key stakeholders in the UK book industry to produce quality training courses that are created and delivered by expert, highly respected trainers on a wide range of supply chain topics. Being a not-for-profit organisation, BIC is able to offer all of its training at highly competitive rates. If there is a topic that you would like us to provide training on, that we do not provide at present, get in touch; we also welcome enquires about the provision of bespoke in-house courses.
BIC's An Introduction to Production Course
Aimed at those new to book production, this training course provides an interactive introduction to how books are made, looking at the whole process including repro, colour management, the different print and binding methods used within the book industry and the language used to express it. It focuses on the role of production, how you can add value, and how to avoid some of the pitfalls of the process.
This seminar-based course focuses on the practical application of knowledge; delegates will hear first-hand from industry experts on a broad range of subjects and learn how to apply this knowledge in their day-to-day role.
All BIC Production courses are designed in conjunction with a panel of Production Directors from leading publishing houses to ensure that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.
To ensure that you get the most out of this course we limit the group to 10 people.
This course will provide you with the tools to be proactive in your role, better express your requirements, and solve or even prevent problems efficiently.
This course has a practical bias, ensuring that all theoretical elements are accompanied by a practical application. Where appropriate each section will contain a problem-solving element, to enable our attendees to gain an understanding of the potential pitfalls, how to avoid them and how to spot them if they do occur.
The topics covered will include:
- The publishing business model and how you can affect its profitability
- Where you fit into the business and how you can influence it
- About pre-press and how decisions made at this point can impact the print cost and the quality of the finished book
- The different print methods, when to use them and how to choose the right one for your book
- The different papers available and how they can impact the cost and look of your book
- The different binding methods, their pros and cons and the impact they have on design
- The cover finishes available, their uses and limitations
- How a book gets to the customer
- How to select a supplier and request a quote
- What to consider when scheduling a book
- How to solve problems at each stage of the process
Read the full course outline here.
This course is aimed at those who are new to book production those who have learnt ‘on the job’ and those who would like to work in this field. It will provide a deeper understanding of the techniques and processes involved in the manufacture of books.
Heather has more than 20 years’ experience in book publishing. Specialising in book production, she has held various positions including Production Director for Penguin UK and HarperCollins Publishers. She now runs a consultancy, using her passion for and knowledge of the industry to support a broad range Print and Publishing clients and industry initiatives.
“I have been very impressed by how the course was run, the knoweldge of those running it and the careful and considered way the information was imparted [...] A very good general overview. I would recommend it to all those starting in publishing.” - Helen Peatfield, HarperCollins Publishers
“This course has been very useful and well explained, and has added to my industry knowledge.” - Yasmine Aichaoui, Printondemand-Worldwide
Date & Frequency of this Course in 2017
Wednesday 29th March 2017.
This course will run once per annum.
Faber Creative Spaces, London.
Located on the fourth floor of Faber. Each Faber Creative Space comes with excellent technical facilities, including WiFi and audio-visual equipment.The intimacy of the Academy Space, with its archive of reference, fiction and poetry books and decor that nods to Faber’s history, is perfect for creative meetings, training sessions and away days.
Faber Creative Spaces are accessible via excellent transport links and a lift to the fourth floor.
This is a full day course.
BIC Members £315 + VAT
Friends of BIC £365 + VAT
Non Members £415 + VAT
NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.
Discounted rates apply to BIC members only.
Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.
Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact Alaina-Marie@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £20.00 administration fee.
On the Day
All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.
A password will be provided on the day to delegates.
Tube / Rail station:
Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square
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London City Airport – 9 miles, ca 20 min by car
Heathrow – 20miles, ca 30 min by car
Luton – 33 miles, ca 50 min by car
Stansted – 36 miles, ca 50 min by car
Gatwick – 32 miles, ca 60 min by car
Bloomsbury Square Carpark (approx 3 min walk)
Did you know that the following organisation’s industry bursaries can be spent on our training courses? Further information can be found at the following addresses:
Conquer Publishing Discoverability with BIC
BookMachine have teamed up with BIC to make sure that everyone who takes a BIC training course can be discovered quickly on BookMachine Connect. The courses are taught by experts in their field and teach all the core skills that those working in the publishing supply chain need to make a success of their careers. Find out more here: http://www.bic.org.uk/143/Conquer-Publishing-Discoverability-with-BIC/
Please note: as we price our training courses 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 courses may be cancelled if this requirement is not met. Should this happen, BIC will arrange for full refunds for all training courses booked. We will liaise with registered delegates at least 2 weeks prior to each course date regarding this. BIC apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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 training course you have booked, no refund will be given.
Please note: Tickets are transferable within your organisation.
When & Where
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