The national bibliography records the publishing activity of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and as such is a measure of their intellectual output. This has traditionally included printed publications and more recently has been extended to electronic publications following the extension of legal deposit to this class of material in 2003.
New books and serials have been recorded in the British National Bibliography (BNB) since 1950. The BNB is the single most comprehensive listing of UK titles. UK and Irish publishers are obliged by law to send a copy of all new publications, including serial titles, to the Legal Deposit Office of the British Library. This material is catalogued by experienced staff in accordance with international standardsfor resource description and access. This work is done in partnership with the five other British and Irish libraries allowed by law the privilege of legal deposit, under the Legal Deposit Libraries Shared Cataloguing Programme (LDLSCP).
The BNB also contains details of forthcoming books. Under the Cataloguing-in-Publication Programme (CIP) information on new titles appears up to 16 weeks ahead of the announced publication date. Advance information on well over 50,000 titles each year is provided in this way.
Welcome to the Readers Club of America — the book club for everyone.
Now you can experience the thrill of sharing ideas and opinions with other readers nationwide. Everything you need to participate — including book descriptions, free book contests, and information on upcoming author appearances can be found on our website. Best of all, you can participate on interactive discussion boards featuring input from the authors themselves.
The club’s first selections include a novel that tells the story behind a famous painting by Johannes Vermeer; a book set in England during the plague year of 1666; a novel spanning a century-and-a-half, dating back to the days of the Irish Potato Famine; and an ironic, funny, real take on today’s society by one of Britain’s most admired chroniclers of popular culture.
Finally, there is a reading club that works around your busy schedule — you have the freedom to choose what you want to read, when you want to read it; so come on in and join the club!