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REGISTER OF INTEREST for BIC's Understanding Paper Training Course

Book Industry Communication

Saturday, 31 December 2016 from 09:30 to 17:00 (GMT)

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Register of Interest - BIC Member   more info 1 Jan 2017 Free  
Register of Interest - Friend of BIC   more info 1 Jan 2017 Free  
Register of Interest - Non-Members   more info 1 Jan 2017 Free  

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Please note: this is a REGISTER OF INTEREST only, for delegates that would like to notify BIC of their interest in attending the 'Understanding Paper' training course at an unspecified date in future. (NB, this course will NOT take place on 31st December 2016). Once enough delegates have registered there interest in this course, BIC will liaise with these people to arrange a suitable date for the course to take place.

Please note: this event could take place in either the UK or Sweden; the location will be dependent on the availability of venues and the time of year the course takes place.


Understanding Paper

An understanding of paper and its impact on the cost and quality of a book is vital for everyone involved in their production and design.


Taught at a paper mill by industry experts, this course will ensure you understand how paper is made, know about its properties and are informed about the key drivers in the choosing the right paper for your book.


You will see how paper is made, learn how to compare papers, find out what to consider when buying paper and also what can go wrong. You will learn how to calculate the amount of paper you need and how to specify your needs to a mill / merchant. The course will look at the specific requirements for digital as well as litho- paper and the differences between US and European paper supply.


This course will provide you with the tools to be pro-active in your role, better express your requirements and solve or even prevent problems efficiently. All of our courses are designed in conjunction with a group of Production Directors from leading houses so that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.


As the mill can be very noisy we limit the group to six people to ensure that you get the most out of your day.


You will learn about:

  • How paper is made
  • How to compare one paper with another and select the right one for you
  • What is the environmental impact of paper
  • How to calculate how much paper you need
  • How to specify your needs
  • What can go wrong and how to identify it


Read the complete course outline here.

Please note: travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.



All of BIC’s full day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.



BIC Members - £180 + VAT

Friends of BIC - £220 + VAT

Non-Members - £255 + VAT


The Friends of BIC rate is for BIC Non-Members, who are members of any of the following organisations: ALPSP, BA, BookMachine, CILIP, EDItEUR, NAG, PA, PLS, PR Licensing, Publishing Scotland.


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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:

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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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