ONIX is the international standard for storing and sharing title information between publishers, distributors and booksellers. The Australian Publishers Association has supported the adoption of ONIX as a way of improving discoverability to sell more books.

All ONIX standards are designed to support computer to computer communication between parties involved in creating, distributing, licencing or otherwise making available intellectual property in published form, whether physical or digital. All are expressed in XML.

ONIX for Books is the most widely adopted of EDItEUR’s ONIX family of standards. It was initially developed by EDItEUR jointly with Book Industry Communication (UK) and the Book Industry Study Group (US), and is now maintained under the guidance of an International Steering Committee including not only BIC and BISG but also national user groups in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, and Sweden. The ONIX for Books Product Information Message is the international standard for representing and communicating book industry product information in electronic form.

Other ONIX standards include ONIX for Serials, and ONIX for Publications Licences aimed at communication of rights and repertoire data between RROs (Reproduction Rights Organisations), as well as more specialised formats for metadata associated with the registration of identifiers (DOIs, ISTCs, etc).

The database for the Australian industry’s price and availability service, TitlePage, is configured in the ONIX 2.1.3 format to ensure a consistent standard for presenting title information across the Australian book industry.

The APA's ONIX Project was officially completed in 2004 with the end of our government EPICS funding. The APA continues to provide support and resources for publishers in the industry wide adoption of ONIX.

In December 2014 ONIX 2.1.3 will become dormant, i.e. it will still be supported but not further developed or have changes to the codelists.

One result of this change is that the ONIX 2.1 DTD file referenced in the second line of most, if not all, ONIX 2.1 files supplied to TitlePage will no longer be available from the EDItEUR site. Therefore the URL in the ONIX files will be a dead link. Please be assured this WILL NOT affect files that you send to TitlePage. The TitlePage system uses a locally stored copy of the DTD for validation.

However if your internal systems make use of the DTD from the EDItEUR site for format quality checks before ONIX files are distributed, or for any other reason, you will need to make some adjustments. EDItEUR have released a document on how best to work around this issue. You can download it here.

ONIX 3.0 is a major new version of the ONIX for Books standard, the first since 2001 that is not backwards compatible with its predecessors. This extensive revision of the format has had two key drivers: the need to improve the handling of digital products and the recognition that the price of maintaining backwards compatibility has been the increasing number of deprecated elements that have had to be maintained and supported by ONIX receivers even though they are no longer recommended for use.

To find out more about ONIX go to the EDItURE website


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