The Book Industry Study Group (BISG), a book industry trade organization, unveiled a new mission statement and a new list of priorities at its annual meeting today in New York.
BISG chairman of the board Ken Michaels delivered the new mission statement and priorities during an exuberant keynote speech:
BISG’s mission 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.
The trade organization is also considering re-branding itself, said Michaels, who is also Macmillan Science and Education global chief operating officer in addition to BISG chairman.
It’s not really a “group the studies the book industry anymore, so stay tuned for more brand discussions,” he said.
The new list of BISG priorities included the announcement of expanding its Making Information Pay for Higher Education Conference through a partnership with Digital Book World. The conference will now occur on January 13, as a part of Digital Book World 2014 and will be expanded from a half-day show to a full-day show.
As part of its new mission, BISG will also:
— Lauch an industry forecast
— Continue to evolve BookStats, a partnership with the Association of American Publishers
— Strengthen its student attitudes report
— Create a whitepaper on subscription models in ebooks
— Close its popular attitudes of consumers towards ebooks and e-reading
— Forge a closer partnership with W3C, the worldwide organization responsible for Web standards
— Forge a partnership with International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) to provide data on EPUB3, a new development language standard for ebooks
— Publish of two new field guides: best practices for ebooks on interactivity and on fonts
— Form a new committee on creating best practices for keywords and tagging in metadata
— Form a new committee to understand common core standards for publishing