Verzeichnis Lieferbarer Bücher (VLB)
VLB, the German books-in-print-catalogue, your basis for successful bookselling
Verzeichnis Lieferbarer Bücher (VLB) is one of the largest professional bibliographic databases and up-to-date sources of trade information on books.
Advantages for publishers and booksellers
For publishers and booksellers alike, it provides indispensable services for the distribution of information on books throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. For publishers, it is the ultimate marketing tool for wide distribution of metadata on their titles. For booksellers, it is the primary source of information on all titles published in the German-speaking world.
With nearly 2.5 Mio. titles from more than 21.000 publishing houses the database is one of the central marketing and communication tools for the book trading industry in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More than 3.500 bookstores use the VLB database as their main information about available books. As data hub for the German-speaking book industry it is the central research platform and one of the most important and complete databases of its kind. It contains almost all available German language publications, including information on eBooks, audiobooks, software and calendars. With the additional option “Archived data”, you can search through a further 3.6 million titles that have been reported out of print since 1988. This gives you a comprehensive overview of the titles in the industry.
The VLB Database offers complete bibliographic data and additional information, such as cover pictures, content details or information about target groups.
Publishers can use the VLB data either through the web application www.vlb.de or by supplying the ONIX data of their titles. More than 1.000 quality checks and plausibilities provide high quality standards and ensure good data quality throughout the German book market. The VLB enables publishers to distribute reliable information to sell books successfully.
Further information about our database can be found on www.vlb.de.
Booksellers and wholesalers
Booksellers have three ways of using the VLB database. They can use the web application www.vlb.de or integrate it via API into their merchandise management system. The third option is to import the data directly into their databases via FTP.
Many online shops work with the VLB data and use it as the basis for their bookselling. In this way, booksellers are able to provide their customers with information on all books printed in German and increase their book sales.
The data provided by VLB is also used by book wholesalers in order to get all the information they need for stocking and handling their orders.
Fixed retail prices for books in Germany
Apart from serving as a hub for book data, VLB is also the principle database for book prices. It is the primary source for book prices and guarantees the fixed retail prices for books in Germany and Austria are known to all participants in the book market.
More information on fixed book prices in Germany: The system of fixed book prices according to German law.
Everyone involved in the German book market uses VLB as a reliable source. It enables them to be successful in the world’s second-biggest book market. To guarantee availability around the clock, the database uses the latest technology and is constantly revised by experts.