Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Publishers Want Better Metadata to Sell Books

According to a new report coming out from the Book Industry Study Group on metadata, publishers, distributors, service-providers, retailers and manufacturers want to add 39 new elements of metadata to the core elements most used in ONIX 2.1, the software used by the book industry for organizing and transferring metadata. Most of them had to do with marketing.
This is the news just out from Digital Book World. Publishers apparently want better metadata to sell their books. This makes sense. Why should a poetry book by a slam poet be lumped in with a poetry book by a page poet? Yes, they're both poetry, but every category has nuance. Readers prefer to find books that fit their particular tastes, and they prefer to be specific when they can. So why not, eh? I for one would welcome it.

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