The Book Industry Study Group announced today the publication of a report on the state of book metadata. The 37-page report is available for sale on the New York-based non-profit organization’s website.
As reported earlier by Digital Book World, among other things, the report documents nearly 40 points of metadata that publishers should be using in their standard metadata feeds to help with their online marketing efforts. The report also details how publishers, retailers and others create and use metadata and how that metadata works its way through the book distribution chain.
Publishers are not completely happy with how metadata is moved throughout the book distribution chain, with nearly 100% of those surveyed for the study reporting that they seen their metadata altered at some point after it left the publishing house.
The report is for sale through BISG’s website to both non-members of the group as well as members (for a discount).
Related: New Metadata Handbook for Publishers
Brian O’Leary, principal at publishing consultancy Magellan Media and author of the report, discussed some of the findings at a webcast produced by BISG and Digital Book World in early June as part of a three-part series on book metadata. BISG and Digital Book World will be holding another webcast about metadata tomorrow, June 26.
The topic is how to make the transition to ONIX 3.0, the updated version of the commonly used ONIX program for book metadata. Graham Bell, chief architect at EDItEUR, the organization that built ONIX, will be presenting. Register today!
Last week, Nielsen Book’s president Jonathan Nowell talked about the company’s white paper on metadata return on investment.