Book Industry Study Group

BISG report: Ebook slowdown or not?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

The latest report on “Consumer Attitudes Toward E-Book Reading” from the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG), “the book industry’s leading trade association for policy, standards, and research,” declares that ” e-book growth has slowed and currently comprises [...]

Textbook Piracy: Growing problem or reasonable solution?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
August 23, 2013 // 2 Comments

College ended about 10 years ago for me. That wasn’t the dark ages of technology. We all had laptops and cell phones and constantly checked email. We all worried about the prices of textbooks too. Part of me wonders what it would be like if I went to college now. Colleges are starting their fall [...]

E-Book Sales Up 43 Percent From Last Year

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 15, 2013 // 2 Comments

The numbers of e-books sold every year continues to rise, and publishers are making more money from them, too. Data from the annual BookStats study released by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group on Wednesday May 15 showed 457 million e-books were sold last [...]

Study shows tablets continue to overtake e-readers

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 8, 2013 // 7 Comments

My e-reader sits on the bookshelf, dust growing on it every day. My Nook Simple Touch used to be one of my favorite gadgets—I carried it everywhere, even just to sneak a couple of pages here and there. I’ve replaced my e-reader with a tablet. I ordered a Nexus 7 last July (a birthday present) [...]

Bowker Research Shows Australia is a Global Leader in E-Book Adoption

By Paul Biba
May 24, 2012 // 0 Comments

From the press release by the Book Industry Study Group: …The Global eBook Monitor finds that men are slightly more likely to have engaged with the digital book market than women. The 18-24 age group leads in use, just a little ahead of those aged 25-34. However, that may change shortly. [...]

BISG releases policy statement on assigning ISBNs to digital products

By Paul Biba
December 9, 2011 // 1 Comment

This is an important matter that has created quite a bit of controversy in the industry.  From the press release: The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) announced today the publication of a new Policy Statement detailing best practices for assigning ISBNs to digital products. Developed over the past [...]

Book Industry Study Group annual meeting tomorrow – we’ll be there

By Paul Biba
September 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

The BISG will be holding its annual meeting tomorrow and, even though it’s a members only event it has graciously allowed TeleRead to cover the proceedings.  It looks like an interesting program – so stay tuned. The BISG has been in the forefront of ebook surveying and has done the [...]

BISG study reveals ebook buyers are accelerating their move away from print

By Paul Biba
April 28, 2011 // 2 Comments

From the press release.  BISG is the Book Industry Study Group which is a research group funded by membership – primarily from the publishing industry: Results from the most recent survey in VOLUME TWO show: Fiction continues to dominate downloads, with literary fiction, science fiction, and [...]

Executive summary of BSIG report on its ISBN Ebook Study findings

By Paul Biba
January 17, 2011 // 2 Comments

PersonaNonData published this executive summary of the ebook ISBN study done by the Book Industry Study Group. Here it is (blockquotes omitted): All publishing supply-chain participants want clarity and consistency in applying ISBNs to eBooks and all would like the solution to be defined and agreed [...]

BSIG survey says college students prefer paper textbooks

By Paul Biba
January 6, 2011 // 3 Comments

From the press release: Despite their fondness for social networking and cell phones, most college students say they prefer textbooks in printed rather than e-text form. Nearly 75% of students to recently respond to a major new research survey from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) said they [...]

Dedicated ereaders the choice of heavy readers, says BSIG study

By Paul Biba
November 18, 2010 // 1 Comment

Shelf Awareness is reporting on the latest info out of the Book Industry Study Group’s continuing survey of readers: More than 40% of e-book readers have reduced the number and dollars spent on hardcovers and paperbacks. Retailers are becoming more important than publishers as a source of [...]

Quick Note: BISG publishes new standard for comment

By Paul Biba
March 29, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and Book Industry Communication (BIC) today co-published for public comment a discussion paper on the International Standard Text Code (ISTC) intended to foster understanding of the unique book identifier and provide clarification as to its potential benefits. [...]

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