ECPA's Rush To PressStandards Basics for Independent Publishers

Learn how to choose the right BISAC code; when you need to go beyond the ISBN; and the essentials of metadata in this series of three webinars

As an independent or small publisher, you know that sales of your book depend on using the right BISAC code and formatting the other book information so that your cover, description, and complete publication details show up correctly on retailer websites. Do you ever wonder how to best meet these book industry standards?

BISG and IBPA will guide you through the most important of them in three webcasts intended to help ensure your books reach more readers more quickly. Each webcast is taught by a publishing industry expert who has worked with a major publishing organization and has been an active member of the BISG committe that developed the standard in question. You can sign up for each Webcast individually.

Here are the details:

BISAC Subject Headings: Standards Basics for the Independent Publishers
How to select the right BISAC code, why a standard code list is important, how retailers use them, and more practical guidance to help your book be discovered by readers.

When: Wednesday, April 2, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
Presented By: Connie Harbison, Chair of BISG’s Subject Codes Committee and Director Quality Control at Baker & Taylor
Registration information: Sign up here.
Price:  $39 for BISG or IDPA members / $49 for non-members. Members, email for your discount code.
More information about BISAC codes is available here.

ISBN’s and Identifiers: Standards Basics for Independent Publishers
All the necessary information about using ISBN’s, UPC, and EAN codes, including standards for when to use a new ISBN for different editions. You’ll learn to use the identifier you need to ensure your retail partners can list and display your books accurately.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
Presented By: Phil Madans, Chair of BISG’s Identification Committee and Executive Director of Digital Publishing Technology, Hachette Book Group
Registration information: Sign up here.
Price:  $39 for BISG or IDPA members / $49 for non-members. Members, for your discount code.
More information about identifiers is available here.

Metadata: Standards Basics for Independent Publishers:
Practical guidance covering the essentials of metadata and working with your retail partners. A book with complete data can sell almost 300% better than a book with missing information. Learn best practices for writing, formatting, and transmitting meetadata to ensure your book data is complete, timely, and accurate.

When: Wednesday, April 30, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT
Presented By: Graham Bell, Executive Director of EDItEUR
Registration Information: Register here.
Price: $39 for BISG or IDPA members / $49 for non-members. Members, for your discount code.
More information about metadata is available here.

For questions, please email Click here for more information about all three webinars. We hope you’ll join us.

About IBPA: Founded in 1983, the Independent Book Publishers Association is the largest not-for-profit trade organization for publishers in the United States. IBPA’s mission is to lead and serve the independent publishing community by providing advocacy, education, and tools for success.For more information, visit

About BISG: The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) is the U.S. book industry’s leading trade association for policy, standards, and research. The mission of BISG is to facilitate innovation and shared solutions for the benefit of all companies and practitioners that create, produce, and distribute published content and the organizations that support them. Membership consists of publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians, and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media. For over 35 years, BISG has provided a forum for all industry professionals to come together and efficiently address issues and concerns to advance the book community. Learn more about BISG at