Services for Publishers and Distributors
A quick and easy solution is to use our online editing service for publishers: Nielsen PubWeb ensures your data reaches your clients in a timely manner.
To register for this service, complete the registration form.
The importance of good quality book data
Welcome to the Nielsen book product website - please note the search box in the top right hand corner is available to search this website, not any of our data services.
At Nielsen our aim is to help publishers by disseminating information about your titles to booksellers and libraries worldwide. Our products have sophisticated search functionality and enriched data, allowing book buyers searching for your titles to find what they want quickly and easily. We provide information and transaction serivces to bookseller and library customers worldwide. Nielsen also provides services to analyse your sales providing invaluable market research. We also run the ISBN Agency for the UK and Ireland and the ISTC Agencies in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
We have produced a simple chart to help you understand the process if you are new to publishing: New Publisher Intro Guide
Important Information for Publishers
Introduction to Nielsen Services for Publishers
Services Available for Publishers:
Free Listing Service
Enhanced Listing Service
How to supply your data:
Supplying Data & Images:
PubWeb - online editing
New title form
Keep us informed of important changes:
Change your distributor details
Free Title Listing:
Nielsen offers a free listing service to all publishers of English-language books regardless of location, size or genre. This service allows you to display basic information for each of your titles, which is aggregated and then disseminated through our services to your customers worldwide.
By providing timely, accurate and complete information for your titles you use our service as a shop window for your publications, allowing book buyers the opportunity to make informed buying decisions based on the information available. This information is essential for book buyers and acquisition librarians all over the world who use our services every day.
In order to be eligible for inclusion on our database and our services, your books and related products must:
- have an appropriate, valid and correctly applied standard identifier (e.g. ISBN, EAN)
- be distributed through the book and library trade in the UK, Ireland, key English-language countries or other markets of importance to booksellers and libraries.
For information click here
To see our Standard Terms and Conditions click here
To view our Data Collection Policies click here
To provide digital product metadata click here
For further information or to download our Digital Product overivew, please click here
For further information or to download information on supplying data on Large Print publications, please click here
For further information or to download our information of how to supply Audio Book information, please click here
Enhanced Service - fee based subscription service:
Subscribing to the Nielsen BookData Enhanced Service ensures that your titles really stand out from the rest. In such a competitive market your titles need an edge and the Nielsen BookData Enhanced Service provides a rich book record that allows buyers to make informed purchasing decisions.
You will have access to the services of a named editor who manages your information, ensuring accuracy, consistency, timeliness and completeness of your records, giving your titles more prominence when viewed by buyers around the world.
Publishers large and small can rely on Nielsen to aggregate their book information ensuring accuracy and consistency and be confident that we can supply the information to thousands of your customers worldwide in a wide variety of formats and frequencies, so you can get on with the task of publishing and distributing the best books.
An annual subscription is payable and based on a 'per title' basis for new and backlist publications (including digital product). Our Standard Terms and Conditions for the supply of information by data suppliers and how this is disseminated are available on this website.
To see our Standard Terms and Conditions click here
BookData Enhanced Plus
Allowing you to have all the benefits of Nielsen BookData Enhanced, but now with the added benefit of seeing your sales for up to 3 ISBNs. If you publish 15 titles or fewer you can now subscribe to Nielsen BookData Enhanced Plus and receive one Nielsen BookScan sales report of up to 3 ISBNs giving you lifetime sales for your titles; helping you with commissioning, reprint and inventory management decisions.
For further details and a quote, please email our Publisher Subscription Department: email@example.com or click here for more details.
- Printed material
Our Data Analysis & Integration team works closely with publishers to advise on the best practice and use of technology to provide information electronically. We also ensure standards are met in the provision of information; test feeds and ensuring accuracy and consistency. Our experienced team is on hand to help you provide your information in electronic format whatever your capabilities. Click here for more information on how to supply data.
- Product Data must be presented in a structured file with each element sufficiently delimited to allow import to our database
- Data structure and any code lists used are clearly documented
- Files are supplied to an agreed regular schedule following a period of import testing and an initial 'full load'.
To submit information electronically - please click here for more information and click here for our guidelines to supplying electronic feeds.
ONIX (Online Information Exchange) is the international standard for representing and communicating book industry product information in electronic form. As such, it is Nielsen’s preferred message format for receiving rich product information from publishers and we have been involved with ONIX for Books from the outset. ONIX can be used by publishers of all sizes and at varying levels of complexity. Our editorial and technical staff have worked with publishers such as HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, CUP and many others to help them implement the standard and we now receive regular information in ONIX form from over 160 publishers.
For further information click here.
For further information on Nielsens preferred format and guidelines: click here For information on supplying price and availability data, click here and for our P & A guidelines click here or go to http://www.editeur.org/
PubWeb - Editing Service for publishers
Nielsen PubWeb is free to all publishers and allows you to input your titles, change or amend details quickly and efficiently to ensure that vital information about your books reaches booksellers and libraries worldwide at the earliest opportunity. You can also up-load your jacket/cover images directly onto Nielsen PubWeb. This service is now widely used by thousands of publishers in the UK.
For further information click here or click on the PubWeb button on the right of your screen. To download our Nielsen PubWeb Quick Guide click here
The jacket/cover image is a critical element of the book information we provide, and an essential selling tool for you; we therefore accept these from all publishers for inclusion on our database free of charge. You can send your images to us on DVD/CD, floppy disk or zip disk. Images up to 2MB in size can be sent by email.
Owing to space restraints on some Nielsen BookData information services, Nielsen will include images at its discretion.
Nielsen Title Information
Whilst we are now actively encouraging all publishers and data suppliers to provide information electronically – as this is quick, efficient and ensures accuracy – we do accept printed material. New title forms can be downloaded, see link below. We do not however accept hand written information and these will be returned to the supplier.
Title Information Form
To download the Nielsen Title Information Form click here and click here for instructions.
NB Please note you must use this up-to-date form rather than any stock you may have. If we do not receive all the required fields there may be a delay in progressing your title information. Ideally we would like you to use electronic means of supplying title information to us for inclusion in our database.
We are also able to scan jackets/covers in-house, although it will take longer for the images to be processed onto the database using this method.
For further information on the various formats for the supply of information, click here
All our services rely on timely, accurate information from you in order that we can provide the high-quality, timely information about your books to your customers. Please ensure your data is up-to-date and keep us fully informed of changes.
BIC Basic is a set of standards developed in the UK by Book Industry Communication. It sets a standard for the minimum product information that publishers should supply for a book and provides guidelines and a timetable for supplying this information to trading partners. Major retailers want to have new product information at least 20 weeks before publication. That means you need to provide the data to us at least 6 months before publication.
A new and updated user guidelines for the BIC classification scheme (Release 2) have now been posted on the website, please click here.
For further information, click here. or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Search and Selection Services from Nielsen BookData
Using our Nielsen BookData Online service enables you to see how your titles are presented to booksellers and libraries worldwide and what is being published by your competitors – if you are a subscribing publisher you can have access to the service at a special price.
Multiple users and multiple site access are also available, which means you can make Nielsen BookData Online available to a number of users or across a number of sites. This service is a must for sales, marketing, editorial and management staff and used alongside Nielsen BookScan sales data is an essential business tool when making acquisition and reprint decisions.
For further information click here for our Nielsen BookData Online Brochure click here or for the features and benefits statement click here. To trial the service FREE click on the Nielsen BookData Online button on the right of your screen.
BookData MARC Service for Publishers
The expertise of Nielsen’s editorial and classification teams, along with our extensive knowledge of the library market, allows us to offer a high quality MARC service for your titles, making it simple for you to provide your customers with a service tailored to their requirements.
- Are you confused about library quality standards?
- Do you need MARC data for your e-book platform?
Whether you are looking for MARC records for your e-book collection or for your print editions we can supply a service to meet your needs. For further information please click here or contact our Library Sales team: email@example.com
Other Publisher Services available within the group:
For BookNet services click here.
For BookScan services click here.
For further information about our Listings Policy click here