Bibliographic Services

Welsh Books Council

Bibliographic Services

Entering details of titles on the major bibliographic databases is essential to securing orders from bookshops and libraries. Ideally, titles should be entered six months before publication.


The main database of books published in Wales, and some books of Welsh interest published outside Wales, is This site provides a searchable list of all titles stocked by the Welsh Books Council’s Distribution Centre. Publishers wishing to provide information about new or forthcoming titles are able to do so electronically using the following web submission page:

For more information, or to obtain a User Name/Password, please contact:

Information Officer
Welsh Books Council
Castell Brychan
SY23 2JB

Tel. 01970 624151
Fax 01970 625385

Recipients of Welsh Books Council funding are required to supply an ISBN for the funded title, together with as many other particulars as possible, three months before publication or within a week of the publisher receiving an offer of grant, whichever is the shorter period.


The main data bases for UK publishers are:

Bibliographic Data Services Ltd
Annandale House
The Crichton
Bankend Road

Tel. 01387 702251
Fax 01387 702259

BDS is a major source of information on book publications and home entertainment releases, for libraries, publishers and booksellers.

Nielsen BookData
89-95 Queensway
Tel. 01438 744100
Fax 01438 745578

Nielsen BookData was formed in 2002 through the merger of Whitaker, First Edition and Book Data. It offers a free book-listing service, which guarantees inclusion in the standard trade listings in The Bookseller (including Spring and Autumn export editions) and a subscription service which allows fuller descriptions of publications. A downloadable New Title form is available at The service is available for books in English only.


The main bibliographic provider for the American market is:

Bowker UK & International Ltd
1st Floor, Medway House

Cantelupe Road
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 3BJ

Tel. 01342 310450
Fax 01342 310486

Inclusion in Bowker’s  database is offered as a free service to publishers for books in English. Information about on-line submission of information is available at


Central Books provide a standard bibliographic form that can be used to send details of new titles to Bowker and Nielsen BookData and also to Central Books’s own bibliographic service. Central Books are at:

99 Wallis Road
E9 5LN

Tel. 0845 458 9911
Fax 0845 458 9912

All forms used for submitting bibliographical data conform to Book Industry Communication (BIC) Basic Standards. Go to  for further details.

Date last updated: 11 Mar 2015