A Million Little Pieces<br />Identifying Digital Book Content<br />
Cecin’est pas un livre<br />Different formats<br />Ebooks – EPUB, Kindle, PDF, downloadable audio<br />Physical books – ha...
Identifying ebooks<br />One ISBN/format?<br />Maintaining metadata on all these formats is confusing and repetitive<br />I...
Identifying chapters<br />ISBN bloat in databases (Caravan project)<br />Exponentially more complicated than one- ISBN-per...
Identifying “chunks”<br />Exponentially complex <br />For sale or display or license?<br />How to locate relevant chunks i...
The Lady or the Tiger?<br />Assign ISBNs to everything in sight (and deal with the metadata pandemonium)<br />Invent new i...
Useful resources<br />BISG/BISAC Identifiers Subcommittee – www.bisg.org<br />US ISBN Agency – www.isbn.org<br />LJNDawson...
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Presentation to AAP Digital Working Group

  1. 1. A Million Little Pieces<br />Identifying Digital Book Content<br />
  2. 2. Cecin’est pas un livre<br />Different formats<br />Ebooks – EPUB, Kindle, PDF, downloadable audio<br />Physical books – hardcover, trade paper, mass market, large print, POD, audiobook<br />Chapter-by-chapter – does the customer need/want the whole book?<br />Some books make great websites<br />Travel (Frommers.com)<br />Recipes (Epicurious)<br />
  3. 3. Identifying ebooks<br />One ISBN/format?<br />Maintaining metadata on all these formats is confusing and repetitive<br />ISBNs are expensive<br />ISBN for EPUB only?<br />Ebookdistribs will assign ISBNs (or other identifiers) – publishers not in control<br />How to track sales for different formats?<br />New identifier?<br />Reinventing the wheel<br />How to get the book industry to use it consistently?<br />Standards take a long time to get through ISO <br />
  4. 4. Identifying chapters<br />ISBN bloat in databases (Caravan project)<br />Exponentially more complicated than one- ISBN-per-ebook-format<br />Cost of ISBNs for something like this is prohibitive for many publishers<br />Cost to industry of inventing a new identifier for chapters<br />DOI is useful – but is a pointer to content location – content still needs to be identified <br />
  5. 5. Identifying “chunks”<br />Exponentially complex <br />For sale or display or license?<br />How to locate relevant chunks in GBS and Internet Archive?<br />
  6. 6. The Lady or the Tiger?<br />Assign ISBNs to everything in sight (and deal with the metadata pandemonium)<br />Invent new identifiers (which will take many years)<br />Let the marketplace decide (and cede discoverability to third parties)<br />
  7. 7. Useful resources<br />BISG/BISAC Identifiers Subcommittee – www.bisg.org<br />US ISBN Agency – www.isbn.org<br />LJNDawson – www.ljndawson.com<br />Persona Non Data – personanondata.blogspot.com<br />

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