Books in print services provide aggregated information within the book supply chain.
This application collects metadata that will be provided to organizations within the supply chain that need
timely and updated book information, as for example retailers and libraries.
The construction of a BiP application is one of the objectives of the ARROW Plus project which has been
established in order to provide a BiP service in countries that do not have a similar service yet.
The construction of a generic BiP system is intended to reduce the cost (in terms both of system development
and management resource) for an organization wishing to establish a new "Books in Print" service; a
standardized platform should also substantially reduce the long term cost of ownership. As the requirements
and national circumstances of the countries involved vary in many ways the aim is to develop a BiP system as
open as possible which offers core functions that can be adapted by each participating country.