Book Industry Standards and Communications. The BISAC standard was developed by BISG (Book Industry Study Group), an American organisation whose mission is to simplify the logistics for different actors in the book industry (publisherssellers, library). This classification comprises more than 3000 different codes and is expected by a growing number of sellers, including the iBookstore of Apple. Compare CLILDewey and Electre.



CLIL (Commission de Liaison Interprofessionnelle du Livre). European standard for book classification. Compare BISACDewey and Electre.



The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC, also called the Dewey Decimal System) is a proprietary system of library classification developed by Melvil Dewey in 1876; it has been greatly modified and expanded through 22 major revisions, the most recent in 2003.[1] This system organizes books on library shelves in a specific and repeatable order that makes it easy to find any book and return it to its proper place. The system is used in 200,000 libraries in at least 135 countries. Compare BISACCLIL and Electre.



European Article Number or International Article Number. A unique identifier for a publication. See also the Wikipedia article for a complete definition.



The Electre database is the reference for the book industry professionals and is updated regularly. Compare BISACCLIL and Dewey.



A format for an electronic publication usually for electronic devices. See this Wikipedia article for a complete definition. Compare PDF.



International Standard Book Number. A unique identifier for a publication. See also the Wikipedia article for a complete definition.



Merchant or Seller

An organization that sells electronic publications on its website. See also Publisher.



Portable Document Format. A format for an electronic publication that conserve all the formating of the original document. See this Wikipedia article for a complete definition.



A book or a magazine that is offered in a digital form (PDF, ePub or paper) and encoded with an ISBNEAN or other unique code.



An organization that publishes electronic publications with ISBNEAN or other unique code. A publisher can also become a merchant if he/she sells their publications on their own website.