Ebooks vs. Print: Recent Data

July 16, 2013

On June 28, 2013 as part of the American Library Association (ALA) meetings two prominent book publishing industry associations offered a joint afternoon program: NISO/BISG 7th Annual Forum: The Changing Standards Landscape EBooks: Discovery & Metadata Exchange, File Formats and Functionality, and Meeting Patron Needs. (more…)

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How Metadata Gets Mangled

July 14, 2012

My metadata colleague, Renée Register, uses Zappos boots to offer an easy-to-grasp example of metadata in action. (more…)

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How Metadata Fails Authors

March 9, 2012

My friend Anakana Schofield’s debut novel Malarky is about to be published (by the excellent independent publisher Biblioasis) and I saw on Facebook that she was going to launch the book with a reading at the Vancouver Public Library so I wanted to make sure I’m there on March 21st. (more…)

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When Book Publishing Gives You ISBNs, Make ISBNade

December 7, 2011

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) today published its new policy for best practices in assigning ISBNs to digital products, aka ebooks. With endorsement from BookNet Canada, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and IBPA, the Independent Book Publishers Association, it’s therefore applicable across North America (“but could be applied elsewhere as well”). (more…)

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