Availability and publishing status

Availability and publishing status

To signal the bookselling trade, but also the customers, the availability of a product, you can provide status information for it. Information on availability may be provided for times before, during or after publication. The bookselling trade in particular needs to be informed whether products are not available yet or not available anymore, in order to be able to remove them temporarily or permanently from their selection of books.

Metabooks offers the following status designations


The availability status is to be specified in ProductAvailability or j396 using values from code list 65.

The information that a product is available is to be specified as follows

ONIX 3.0 Short
ONIX 3.0 Reference

Product archiving

Metabooks archives products according to their availability. The following statements of availability result in the product being archived.

Product Availability or j396AvailabilityMetabooks status allocation
34Temporarily withdrawn from saleinactive
40Not available (reason unspecified)inactive
41Not available, replaced by new productinactive
42Not available, other format availableinactive
43No longer supplied by usinactive
45Not sold separatelyinactive
46Withdrawn from saleinactive
48Not available, replaced by PODinactive
50Not sold as setinactive
51Not available, publisher indicates OPinactive
52Not available, publisher no longer sells product in this marketinactive
97No recent update receivedinactive
98No longer receiving updatesinactive
99Contact supplierinactive

Publishing Status

The publishing status is to be specified in PublishingStatus or b394 using values from code list 64.

The publishing status is connected to the publication date. If the publication date is in the past, the product is to be reported as “published”; if the publishing date is in the future, the title is to be reported as “not yet published”. Metabooks does not automatically correct the publishing status.

That a title has been published would be shown as follows.

ONIX 3.0 Short
ONIX 3.0 Reference