BookNet Canada launches GDSN pilot for North American publishers

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - Kicking off a week of supply chain announcements,
BookNet Canada, the agency committed to innovation in the book industry supply
chain, is beginning a new pilot project, BNC DataSync, to test the
possibilities of Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) information
sharing for Canadian and U.S. publishers and general retailers.
    GDSN allows manufacturers and retailers to share timely product
information through a global network of linked databases. It is a model with
significant momentum in grocery, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods
sectors. Publishers have remained on the sidelines because of high fees and
significant technical challenges even though "non-book" retail has become an
important part of the book business.
    "Publishers have long struggled with the challenges of providing product
information to the mass market. We now have an affordable service to help
publishers serve that market more efficiently," says Michael Tamblyn, CEO of
BookNet Canada. "Old GDSN pricing might make sense if you are selling
toothpaste, but fees were crippling to publishers with hundreds or thousands
of titles."
    BNC DataSync allows publishers to submit ONIX files, the book industry
standard for data sharing, which are converted into the GDSN data format and
submitted to the global network. This allows publishers to participate in GDSN
with no additional development costs. BookNet Canada is now recruiting the
first group of publishers who will be able to upload and share data at no cost
during the year-long beta period.
    "Our relationship with Commport Communications, Canada's only certified
GDSN data pool, allows us to offer what is probably the most cost-effective
GDSN service in North America," added Tamblyn. "Commport immediately
understood that the book industry had unique needs, that ONIX was a valuable
tool, and that a completely different pricing model was required to bring
publishers on board." BNC DataSync's pricing model includes low per-ISBN fees,
capped to encourage publishers to list all of their available titles.
    For more information about BNC GDSN project or to apply to be a part of
the project, contact or visit BookNet Canada's website,

    About BookNet Canada:

    BookNet Canada is the not-for-profit agency created by the Canadian book
industry and the Department of Canadian Heritage to facilitate improvements in
the book industry supply chain. It provides services and develops standards
and certification in areas including electronic commerce via EDI (Electronic
Document Interchange), bibliographic data, and analysis of point-of-sales and
other supply chain data. BookNet acknowledges the financial support of the
Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program
(BPIDP) for its initiatives.

    About Commport Communications:

    Commport provides Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Electronic
Commerce (EC) data warehousing; and complete Customer Care facilities, to
firms located across the North American continent. A privately owned
corporation, tracing paperless work environment activity back over 15 years,
Commport has a proven track record of satisfied customers. Located in Aurora,
Ontario Canada, servicing customers across North America, Commport is an
innovative technology user.

For further information:

For further information: Morgan Cowie, BookNet Canada,, (416) 362-5057 x231

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