R. R. Bowker will conduct the final test phase of its online Book Acquisition System (BAS) beginning in February 1984 with commercial availability expected mid-1984. The test will be conducted nationwide with as many as 30 academic, public, and special libraries and bookstores.
BAS will enable participating libraries, booksellers, and other purchasers of books and related items to order any title from any U.S. publisher, wholesaler, or distributor. BAS requires no Jinvestment in custom equipment as it can be accessed via BRS using any standard terminal. BAS uses bibliographic information from the Books in Print data base which currently includes more than 850,000 titles from 15,100 publishers and distributors. Central to the operation of BAS is the use of the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and the SAN (Standard Address Number) Orders can be placed by using just these numbers, eliminating keying of order information and speeding the order entry process.
BAS will permit users to designate that orders be mailed by Bowker-whether to a wholesaler or publisher or combination of both. To improve the speed and accuracy of order fulfillment, book vendors can elect to receive orders via telecommunications or magnetic tape. The system permits users to verify online all current and past orders, and to enter all billings, deliveries, and claims with as much documentation (e.g. author, title, price, order date, invoice number, etc.), as is desired.
[Contact; R. R. Bowker Company. Electronic Publishing Division, 205 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017, (202) 916-1752.]