A system solution for the book industry

VLB-TIX, an overall platform for new titles, traces its roots back to the work of the “Metadatabase” task force of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, in which more than 50 bookstores and publishers participated. Their joint objective was development of a system that can be used by all participants in the book industry, covers the diverse needs of all partners and creates common standards.

The requirements placed on VLB-TIX by the results of the task force were constantly extended, refined and checked for suitability for daily use during a test phase with over 150 participants.

VLB-TIX is based on German Books in Print (Verzeichnis Lieferbarer Bücher — VLB). German Books in Print is one of the largest professional bibliographic search engines and up-to-date sources of trade information on books in print in the German-speaking world.

Data service − provided by best technology

A digital catalogue can only be as good as the data on which it is based. VLB-TIX offers full service in data handling, data editing and process optimization.

VLB-TIX is backed up by “MVB Marketing and Verlagsservice des Buchhandels GmbH. MVB hat profound experience with data quality, profile services and standardization, especially with the German Books in Print catalogue VLB. In addition NEWBOOKS SOLUTIONS is contributing their NEWBOOKS database — so the two leading systems are the data basis of VLB-TIX. Together with the MarkLogic big data specialists, VLB-TIX relies on highly innovative, powerful database technology which has been paving the way for linking differing data formats and sources.