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Bowker Announces Agreement With Borders Group


NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Bowker, the global leader in bibliographic information management, today announced that book and music retailer Borders Group and its operating companies have extended an agreement to license Bowker’s Global Books In Print database to power the bibliographic systems at the company’s corporate offices and at customer computer information kiosks in its Borders stores nationwide.

The new agreement expands the relationship between the two companies for both database licensing and bibliographic data collection.

To assist Borders customers in finding the titles they want, Bowker’s Global Books In Print will provide Borders stores with complete bibliographic details on more than 14 million books that are organized in its global database according to 30 key search criteria. As part of the content licensing agreement with Borders, Bowker is also making available its “Publisher Authority” database, which contains company and contact information for more than 200,000 publishers worldwide, and a wide range of other value-added data modules that offer detailed descriptions of books, audiobooks and videos.

In addition, Bowker will continue to manage Borders’ bibliographic file used by buying teams and operations at its corporate office, including data collection and maintenance for published titles, price changes, and title availability in Borders and Waldenbooks stores nationwide.

“We’re delighted that Borders has extended and expanded our database licensing agreement, as well as reaffirmed their commitment to our collaborative efforts with data collection that will continue to improve the quality and timeliness of bibliographic information available to the company and its customers,” said Gary Aiello, chief operating officer of New Providence, N.J.-based Bowker.

“By expanding our partnership with Bowker, we will be able to continue offering the industry’s richest and most comprehensive book search database to our in-store customers,” said Mark Palmucci, Borders Group senior vice president of merchandise operations and supply chain. “Moreover, the extension of our data collection efforts with the Bowker editorial team will help our company realize maximum efficiencies throughout the supply chain by relying on the accuracy and integrity of Bowker’s bibliographic data.”

About Bowker

Bowker is the world’s leading source for bibliographic information. The company provides searching, analytical, promotional, and ordering services to publishers, booksellers, libraries, and patrons through national and international brands, including: Books In Print®, Global Books In Print®, Books In Print IntelliMarket™, Syndetic Solutions™, Pubnet®, PubEasy™, Simba Information™, and more. In the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Bowker is also the ISBN and SAN Agency and a DOI registration agency for the publishing industry. Bowker is headquartered in New Providence, New Jersey, with operations in East Grinstead, England, and Port Melbourne, Australia. For more company details, please visit

About Borders

Borders Group, Inc. (NYSE: BGP) is a $4 billion retailer of books, music, movies and stationery items that trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BGP. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Borders Group, through its subsidiaries, operates more than 1,300 Borders and Waldenbooks stores and employs more than 34,000 people worldwide who serve more than 30 million customers each year. More information on the company is available at


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