Our Marc21rda records now offer full support for Chinese Script. We use alternate 880 Tags to hold Title and Author details in Chinese Text. This means that your Chinese readers can browse your OnLine Catalogue in Chinese. It also allows us to Service your books using the same Script. We plan to extend this to Arabic later in the year.
Latest News @ Books Asia
Working with libraries across the globe, we constantly review our services and keep abreast of the latest technologies. Here's what we've recently introduced...
The Alexandria Library is an exciting new Bookshop in the heart of multi-cultural Manchester. Located on the 'curry-mile', it is ideally placed to meet the needs of a very diverse community. We are delighted to work with the team at Alexandria, and will exclusively offer our wide range of languages through this retail outlet. This partnership is set to launch in September 2016. Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kurdish, Punjabi, Tamil and Urdu books will be available - making it the most diverse bookshop in the North of the UK.
We are currently working with the Innovative techies in California. Integrating Books Asia's EDI methodology with their Sierra product. There may be some challenges ahead as we promote our 'non-isbn' approach, but we'll get there. Innovative are soon set to make a splash in the UK Market, hence this work should be welcomed by our libraries in the future.
We are currently working with Sweden National Library, to provide support for their National Catalogue (LIBRIS). Sweden have provided an XML Schema for their Marc records. We are busy coding our MarcXML generator to support this Schema. Hard work, but it's certainly the way forward.
With the UK's Trade Sanctions with Iran easing a little, we have re-established connections with our Iranian suppliers. The good news is that in the last few years, there has been an emergence of quite a few new authors. A lot has changed in Iran's literary world - there's now quite a wide range of 'contemporary' fiction available.
We worked with Civica, Sirsi, Axiell and Capita during 2011 and 2012, to implement our award-winning EDI Solution (you know, the one that works with or without ISBN numbers). This year, we've come across an Open Source LMS called Evergreen, used by one of our Scottish libraries. The guys at PTFS Europe were good enough to make the necessary changes to Evergreen. And now, Evergreen also handles our unique support for Foreign Language media. Thank you PTFS :-)
Polish was our #5 or #6 best selling language for the last few years. However, in 2013-14 it jumped almost to the top (after Urdu) and became #2 on our top selling languages list. Now we are seeing demand for Romanian books in the UK. We've started supplying titles to some of our larger libraries, but we expect demand to steadily increase over the next few years. Just like Polish, there's a plethora of good quality titles published (including popular translations).
The Bollywood DVD market was ruffled a couple of years ago, with many UK wholesalers ceasing to trade. However, the dust has settled, and DVDs can now be reliably sourced and supplied. There's quite a few excellent movies making their way through the BBFC certification process at the moment.
RDA is the new cataloguing standard that will replace Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition (AACR2). Books Asia, always at the forefront of technology, have already implemented RDA support. We are the only foreign-language supplier to do so, and our RDA records are already used by 75% of our Marc21 libraries.