BISG/NISO Announce Agenda for Information Standards Forum

3rd annual event will focus on the changing standards landscape for e-books

Baltimore, MD (April 27, 2009) - The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) announced today that their 3rd annual joint standards forum entitled "The Changing Standards Landscape" will be held July 10, 2009 from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM, directly prior to the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. This year's free, half-day forum will focus on e-book standards and feature thought leadership on the critical areas of identification, formatting, digital rights management (DRM) and the specific use needs of libraries. RSVPs should be sent to
NISO's Managing Director, Todd Carpenter, and BISG's Executive Director, Michael Healy, will guide the forum through three main themes:

Identify and Describe
o The New ISTC Agency: An Emerging Standard
o ISBN and E-Books: The use of ISBN for electronic texts

Format, Discover and Retrieve
o Toward a Common E-book Format Standard: IDPF's EPUB
o Discovering Online Book Content: BISG's BookDROP

Purchase and Use
o DRM Use in E-Books
o Developing E-Book Sales Models
o Use of E-books in the Library Context

"The market for electronic books has expanded rapidly in the past year," said Todd Carpenter, NISO's Manager Director, "and many of the existing standards, workflows and business models for print books need to be reevaluated in an e-book environment. NISO is pleased to be joining with BISG for the 3rd year in a row to provide critical guidance to libraries on the particular concerns surrounding e-book creation, distribution and use."

"The Changing Standards Landscape for E-Books" forum is sponsored by Swets. For more information, visit

About the Book Industry Study Group, Inc.
The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) is the U.S. book industry's leading trade association for policy, standards and research. The mission of BISG is to create a more informed, empowered, and efficient book industry supply chain. Membership consists of publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians, and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media. For 30 years, BISG has provided a forum for all industry professionals to come together and efficiently address issues and concerns to advance the book community. Learn more about BISG at

About the National Information Standards Organization
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information so that it can be trusted for use in research and learning. To fulfill this mission, NISO engages libraries, publishers, information aggregators and other organizations that support learning, research and scholarship through the creation, organization, management, and curation of knowledge. NISO works with intersecting communities of interest and across the entire life cycle of an information standard. NISO is a not-for-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Learn more about NISO at