BOOKS IN PRINT answers questions like:
BOOKS IN PRINT lists books currently available to buy that are distributed in the United States. Most of the publishers are U.S. publishers, but some books from foreign publishers are included if they are for sale here. Some important points to note are:
BOOKS IN PRINT comes in three sections - a list by author, one by title and one by subject. The information under each is the same once you've found it. It gives author, title, publisher, date of publication and price. It also lists the ISBN number. The ISBN - the international standard book number - is a unique control number for that title used in ordering books from publishers and in some automated library data bases. There is also a separate volume listing publishers and their addresses and another volume that lists books declared out of print or indefinitely out of stock since the previous edition of BIP. BIP SUPPLEMENT updates entries which have changes or additions.
BIP comes out once a year. Since books are published during the year, go out of print and change prices, you cannot be sure that the information in BIP is accurate. The Bowker Company, which publishes BIP, has other tools that can be used to keep BIP up-to-ate. One of these is FORTHCOMING BOOKS. FORTHCOMING BOOKS comes out several times a year in a paperback format, and includes changes to listings in BIP as well as listing books scheduled for publication but not yet available.
The full BIP database is also available on the web by subscription.
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