By Claire Edwards
Welcome to Bowker
Bowker is the world's leading provider of bibliographic
information management solutions designed to help
publishers, booksellers, and libraries better serve their
customers. The company is focused on developing
various tools and products that make books easier for
people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience.
Bowker, the US ISBN agency, manages UK
bibliographic data and delivers a comprehensive UK
data source to book information researchers and
Bowker is an affiliated business of ProQuest® .
Why Submit to Bowker
With more than 140 years of experience in bibliographic data
management and dissemination, Bowker Books In Print® is the
international established authority for book information and
Bowker Syndetic Solutions™, a library catalogue enrichment
service, supplies enriched content to English and foreign libraries
throughout the UK and Europe, with over 3B queries per month.
Bowker accepts title submissions from publishers of all sizes and
distributes this data to our network of library, retail, and school
clients. Your data is exposed to over 100 million clients worldwide,
which increases the discoverability of your titles.
Supplying your metadata to Bowker is free of charge
and will help you reach customers worldwide.
The FREE Publisher Access System to
enter and update your title data.
Enter your Metadata via BowkerLink
• Mandatory fields are indicated by an asterisk (*).
*Title Information – ISBN, Title, Binding & Subject.
*Sales Information – Status, Publication Date, Price, Price Type & Currency
*Audience Information – Target Market (Trade/Adult Education/Professional).
Once these fields are completed Finish and Save!
You can enter an e-Book in the same manner as you would do so for a print
book. The only difference being the binding, E-Book can be selected from the
drop down menu.
• Search Title
Enter the ISBN or Title and select the Status to find an individual title. To see your
list of titles, simply select the Search button. A list of your titles will appear.
• Add Title
Always Search for the ISBN first, if this title already exists but is not listed within
your own list, please contact myself with the ISBN in question. Enter only the
mandatory* fields. Once the title is “live” then enter additional data.
• Publisher Information
Your company information is listed here. Edit and submit for changes to be made.
• View Pending Transactions
Once a new title has been entered or an update has been made, the title will be
displayed in VPT. Once the title no longer appears in VPT, only then can you edit
or add additional information, such as upload a cover image.
Hidden Data Fields in BowkerLink
• Edition and Volume Information
Volume and Edition numbers can be added here. As well as linking a new
to old ISBN and visa versa.
You can also Add Additional Bindings • Languages • Contributor Function
Contributors • Prices • Geographic Markets
• Add Sales Information for this Country
Series Title Information and Sales Rights Information can be added here.
Submit your Enriched Data
This is the marketing information that allows your users to decide if they
want to read or purchase it.
• To add an Annotation
To provide a brief description of the title (25-250 words) select
Additional Title Information » at the bottom of the Title Page. Scroll & select
Add Additional Annotation. Enter text into the box that appears.
• Uploading a Cover Image
Either select Upload Image when you for the Search Title.
Once in the main Title Information page, scroll to the bottom of the page
and select Upload Cover Image »
Images are accepted in the following formats JPEG, TIFF or GIF. Each scan needs
to be a separate file, named by its ISBN with the file suffix e.g.9781234567890.jpg.
Incorrectly named images cannot be loaded.
Your BowkerLink Overview
• Search an ISBN before entering a new title, it may already exist on the
• When entering a new title, complete only the mandatory* data fields.
Once the title is “live”, then go back in and add additional information.
• You can keep track of your new entries and updates in View Pending
• A Cover Image can only be uploaded once the title is “live” i.e. no
longer appears in View Pending Transactions.
• Helpful information and instructions can be found in Help and FAQs.
• If you cannot find your answer on the site, please do not hesitate to
contact : firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be happy to assist.
• Finally - Remember to Finish and Save! You will receive a Transaction
message to confirm your entry/update.
Thank you for attending today.
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