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Nielsen BookData Online

Unfortunately, this agreement expired on the and is unavailable for purchase at this time.

BookData Online is an online search and discovery tool providing access to over 43.5m title records from over 86,500 publishers. It is an essential resource for librarians to search and identify books and review a book’s bibliographic details.

Key Facts


  • Preferential pricing for sites subscribing through the Chest Agreement
  • Low annual increase of 1% per annum
  • The services offer comprehensive bibliographic data for English language books and other published media which is updated daily
  • MARC Record Download Service included with all subscriptions free-of-charge
  • Useful features include: detailed searching, new title alerts, the ability to create and share book lists and ‘look inside’ media links

Important dates

Agreement start: 1 August 2018

Agreement end: 31 July 2021

Subsequent invoice date: 1 May


VAT does apply to BookData Online

Licence type

Site licence.

Commitment Period

This Agreement is valid until 31 July 2021. Institutions may join the agreement at any time. They will then be committed to the agreement unless they choose to opt out by giving notice on or before 1 April annually.

No refunds will be issued for any unused portion of the service due to early termination.


A limited free trial is available, for more information email: sales.book@nielsen.com.  Please copy Chest Help (help@chest.ac.uk) in on any requests for a trial.

Eligible Institutions

Universities, colleges and other learning, educational and research bodies in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Other organisations aligned with Jisc’s charitable objectives of supporting education, research bodies and the public sector may ask to participate in the Agreement. Chest will liaise with the Supplier about any such requests.

Background Information

Renewal of a very popular resource for locating Book title records.

Product Information

Supplier Details

Owner: Nielsen Book Services Ltd, registered in England and Wales (company number 70437), 3rd Floor,Midas House, 62 Goldsworth Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6LQ

Product Description

Nielsen Book is the leading provider of information for books and other published media providing timely, accurate and comprehensive data for English-language titles published worldwide. Title information is collected from publishers in over 70 countries to ensure the most comprehensive listing of English-language titles regardless of the publisher’s size, location or speciality.

Records contain:

  • Price and availability
  • Subject classifications: Library of Congress, Dewey Codes, Readership Levels & BIC Subject Classifications, Thema
  • Descriptions
  • Tables of contents (where applicable)
  • Wholesaler stock identified: UK, US (Baker & Taylor and Ingram)
  • Publisher and distributor details
  • Jacket/cover images
  • Out-of-print titles

Special Features:

  • Search using Quick Find, Advanced Search, Supplier Search and Bulk Search
  • Create and store lists which can then be emailed, downloaded or printed in various formats
  • Personalise your account, search forms and how you view your results
  • Download UKMARC and MARC21 records
  • Sort your search results by BookScan chart position
  • Set up New title alerts for your popular search criteria
  • Use Search History to retrace your last 50 searches
  • Book2Look Media

There is a choice of UK & Ireland or international coverage:

  • UK & Ireland: Over 19.1 million English language titles published or distributed in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
  • International: Over 43.5.3 million English language titles published or distributed in the UK, Ireland, Europe, US, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa as well as data collected from a further 70 countries.

[NB – figures above are from February 2021 – new records are being added all the time].

Access and Identity Management Solution

OpenAthens No
IP Address range Yes
Shibboleth No
Username / Password Yes

Technical Function Specification

The supplier confirms that throughout the term of the agreement the products will comply with the standards indicated.

Technical Function



Supplier Notes

Full text linking



Federated searching

Z39.50 protocol







RSS or Atom


Metadata standards

Dublin Core






Months embargo period


Digital preservation







Usage statistics



Non-compliant statistics are available upon request from Nielsen



Non-compliant statistics are available upon request from Nielsen


Web Content Accessibility Guidelines


See note1

Personalisation features


See note2

Service levels



1 Nielsen BookData Online web pages are optimised for the highest standard of accessibility. All pages have been validated by an external agency and were found to be WAI-AAA compliant. 

2 Each institution's BookData Online subscription can support multiple user profiles (usage limits are on concurrent use) and each user's profile can be personalised according to their needs. Search forms can be set and stored. The default results display format, sort order and print options can all be set. Searches can be saved for later use and new title alert emails can be sent out against those searches to the address saved in personal preferences. Lists of results can be printed, saved, exported and emailed in all the formats listed previously. The format of exported spreadsheets is also fully customisable by each user.


New content is added daily.


All additions and new functionality will be incorporated at no additional charge

Service and Support


A limited free trial is available, for more information email: sales.book@nielsen.com.  Please copy Chest Helpelp (help@eduserv.org.uk) in on any requests for a trial.

Login Information

Nielsen Login.  

Technical Support

Support will be provided by Nielsen via a single contact or a deputy at the institution. Nielsen support can be contacted at:

Product Documentation

Copies of a Product Users Guide are available from Nielsen BookData on request from Licensed Sites

Training and Training Materials

Making copies of training materials for teaching purposes is permitted.

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