January 18th, 2016
It’s a great and timely idea: “Five-Minute Manifestos” for the future of the book business. Philip Jones, editor of the UK’s The Bookseller started the project as a lead-up to last December’s FutureBook Conference in London. But publication has continued since the conference. Jones first outlined the goals of the series in Those Magnificent Manifestos. Porter Anderson is serving as the…
November 2nd, 2015
There are not many people who blog about metadata. There are fewer still who blog about metadata for books.
May 27th, 2015
The book publishing industry adheres to more than a dozen standards. Among them are:
April 26th, 2014
My favorite news story last week concerns a lawsuit that has somehow reached the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of how much pomegranate juice needs to be in a bottle before you can call it “pomegranate juice.” Remarkably, Coca-Cola, through its Minute Maid brand, sells a juice called “Pomegranate Blueberry” which contains just 0.3…
October 28th, 2012
XML will be celebrating its official 15th anniversary on February 10, 2013. By many measures it has been a huge success. There are thousands of XML dialects used across a vast swath of the sciences, in business and in ecommerce. By the measure of the book publishing community it’s been less than a huge success.
September 20th, 2012
When I began researching The Metadata Handbook I believed that metadata was magic. I believed that if you could add rich and accurate metadata to a title listing you’d all but guarantee big sales. I’ve since learned that while metadata is enchanting, its powers are far more down to earth.
August 7th, 2012
When the word started circulating that I was born in Toronto, Canada and merely a dual Canadian/US citizen it dashed my hopes of being elected president of the United States. But the furor was nothing compared to what President Obama has been subjected to in proving his birth in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961 (Gosh. He’s 5 years younger…
July 3rd, 2012
As part of my research for The Metadata Handbook I’m exploring the impact of metadata quality on book sales (and, by extension, music sales, movie rentals and more). I paused on the distinction between findability and discoverability. They are often used vaguely and frequently interchangeably.
June 24th, 2012
NOTE: The white paper mentioned here was updated in 2016. Download the new version here (PDF). The thrust of the report is the same, with updated data and analysis. In my last post I introduced the recent (January 2012) book industry white paper called The Link Between Metadata and Sales (first version no longer available).
June 24th, 2012
NOTE: The white paper discussed below was updated in 2016. Download the new version here (PDF). The thrust of the report is the same, with updated data and analysis. You can find part 2 of this blog here. Most people know The Nielsen Company from its very famous TV ratings service. But the company is much more than…