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About BookNet

BookNet Canada is a non-profit organization that develops technology, standards, and education to serve the Canadian book industry. Founded in 2002 to address systemic challenges in the industry, BookNet Canada supports publishing companies, booksellers, wholesalers, distributors, sales agents, and libraries across the country.

BookNet Canada’s services and research help companies promote and sell books, streamline workflows, and analyze and adapt to a rapidly changing market. BookNet Canada sets technology standards and educates organizations about how to apply them, performs market research, and tracks 85% of all English-language Canadian print book sales through BNC SalesData.

Industry-led and partially funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage, BookNet Canada has become, as The Globe and Mail puts it, “the book industry’s supply-chain nerve centre.”

Here’s what we do:

1. Supply Chain Technology

We create technology services to increase accuracy and efficiency in the Canadian supply chain.

The BiblioShare suite of services, including metadata aggregation, metadata creation and maintenance, and web services (APIs).

  • BiblioShare
  • BiblioShare Webform
  • BiblioShare Web Services

CataList: A powerful online tool for marketing, selling, and ordering books.

EDI: Makes sharing orders, shipment notices and invoices fast and easy.

SalesData, our national sales tracking service and analysis tool.

2. Standards & Certification

Standards are the linchpin of the supply chain. We develop and maintain them so industry technology can run smoothly and benefit everyone. We actively work on the standards in these four areas:

  • Metadata (ONIX)
  • Identifiers
  • Subject & Classification Schemes
  • EDI

3. Research & Education

BookNet provides the industry with actionable research and forward-thinking professional development.

  • Tech Forum and ebookcraft
  • The Canadian Book Market annual report
  • The Canadian Book Consumer research reports
  • PubFight
  • Reports
  • Webinars