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Nielsen BookData Online

Available to purchase until

BookData Online UK & Ireland and BookData Online International provide a unique source of comprehensive, timely, accurate title records. These can be used for fast, easy and efficient search and discovery and will enable users to verify titles, process and availability, as well as receiving email notifications of the latest new title information.

Key Facts


  • Preferential pricing for sites subscribing through the Chest Agreement
  • Low annual increase of 1% per annum 
  • MARC Record Download Service now included with all subscriptions free-of-charge
  • Improvements to functionality have created a more friendly and intuitive interface
  • The services offer comprehensive bibliographic data for English language books and other published media

Important dates

Agreement start: 1 August 2018

Agreement end: 31 July 2021

Subsequent invoice date: 1 May

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.


For a 30 day free trial of this service please contact Nielsen BookData on 01483 712 200 or by email to libraries.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 Eduserv’s charitable objectives of supporting education, research bodies and the public sector may ask to participate in the Agreement. Eduserv 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 BookData 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
  • 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

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

  • UK & Ireland: Over 7.7 million English language titles published or distributed in the UK, Ireland and Europe.
  • International: Over 18.3 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 May 2012 – 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


For a 30 day free trial of this service please contact Nielsen BookData on 01483 712 200 or by email to libraries.book@nielsen.com. Please copy Chest Help (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.

Terms and Conditions

The Chest Order, together with the Licence Terms and Conditions, and any exceptions listed below, create a legally binding contract between your institution, organisation or company and the Licensor. Therefore please read the terms and conditions carefully and only submit a Chest Order if its terms and conditions are acceptable to your institution, organisation or company and you have the authority to make the financial commitment shown.

Licence Type

This Site licence is subject to the terms and conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources.

What are institutions and library services allowed to do?

Keep a local cached copy for Educational Purposes


Incorporation of parts of the Licensed Material


Deposit learning and teaching objects in repositories


Interlibrary loan


Who can use the resource?


On site

Remote access







Walk-in users



Alumni members



Please note that the Standard Licence can be extended for Extended Educational Purposes and Commercial Projects for additional fees.

What can authorised users do?

The resources can be used for Educational Purposes – defined as:

  • education
  • teaching
  • distance learning
  • private study
  • academic research
  • administration and management of the Licensee’s educational or research operations


  • See the Licence for any exclusions and restrictions
  • The resources may not be used for anything other than Educational Purposes unless the Licence Extension for Commercial Projects has been bought; this allows use for the restricted “Commercial Projects” defined – see Annex B of the Licence (Licence Extension for Commercial Projects)
  • Downloading of large amounts of material by authorised users that might be considered ‘systematic’.

Termination Clauses

The Fee for early termination in accordance with clause 10.4 of the Terms and Conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources is nil. No refunds will be issued for any unused portion of the service due to early termination.

The Fee for retention rights upon termination in accordance with clause 10.5 of the Terms and Conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources is nil.

The Licensee may retain an electronic copy of the Licensed Material in its archives for reference only.  Copies of parts of the Licensed Material already made and/or used by the Licensee or Authorised may be retained and used in accordance with the terms of this Licence Agreement.

Personal Licences

Personal licences are not available under this Agreement.


Licensor and Licensee agree the following:

Each will comply with GDPR which means the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) and any legislation or regulation which amends or replaces it. Performance of this Licence Agreement requires each party to process contact details for the other party’s personnel. Each party is the controller of the Personal Data (as defined by GDPR) relating to its own personnel and both are processors of Personal Data relating to the other party’s personnel. Therefore, each party will:

  1. only use such Personal Data for the purposes of this Agreement;
  2. take appropriate measures to ensure the security of the Personal Data that they process;
  3. ensure that its personnel who process Personal Data are subject to a duty of confidence;
  4. ensure that no third-party processes any Personal Data received from the other party except in accordance with GDPR requirements and with the consent of the other party;
  5. cooperate with the other party with their rights and obligations as data controllers, including assistance with: obligations in connection with subject access requests and other data subject rights under GDPR; controller’s responsibilities concerning the security of processing, data breaches and data protection impact assessments; and reporting, inspection and audit requirements;
  6. notify the other party:
    (a) immediately if they believe any instructions or requirements of the other party would infringe GDPR;
    (b) without undue delay and not later than seventy-two (72) hours after they believe a GDPR breach has occurred or is likely to occur under this Licence Agreement;
    (c) without undue delay and not later than seventy-two (72) hours after receiving any subject access request from the other party’s personnel relating to Personal Data under this Agreement;
  7. only retain Personal Data after the end of this Agreement if there is a statutory basis to do so or as specified in its own published privacy policy, provided such privacy policy complies with GDPR requirements. Each party will also delete Personal Data upon request of the other party unless there is a statutory basis to retain it or some other lawful reason, independent of this Agreement, allows the party to retain the Personal Data.

Products and Pricing

Currency: All prices are in GBP and exclude VAT

Pricing is banded based on numbers of users and size of institution.

HE Large - includes members in JISC Bands 1,2, 3 and 4;

HE Medium - includes members in JISC Bands 5 and 6;

HE Small - includes members in JISC Bands 7, 8, 9 and 10;

FE and Others - includes members of the Further Education Community in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Payment terms are shown at the bottom of the page.

United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland Edition


International Edition


Payment Terms

On receipt of a completed Order, Institutions will be invoiced for the Agreement year in which the Licence is signed.

In subsequent years, Institutions will be invoiced three months in advance of the anniversary date of the Agreement, on 1 May

There is monthly pro-rata charging for Institutions which become licensed partway through a licence year.

Chest is an Enterprise of Jisc. All Purchase orders must be made out to JISC, One Castlepark, Tower Hill, Bristol, BS2 0JA

Payments are due within thirty days of invoice date; recipients of late payments are entitled to interest in accordance with UK statutory provisions.

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