Metadata is what brings readers to books. Especially for self-published authors seeking to get their titles noticed in a crowded marketplace, crafting good metadata is crucial for success. That can sometimes present a daunting challenge.
But while ebook retailers request information in different ways, quantities and formats, the strategies for providing optimized metadata remain the same across the board.
Learn more: Introduction to Metadata for Books–DBW U Course
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Five Metadata Facts (DBW)
While we’re on the subject, here are five things authors and publishers should both keep in mind when it comes to metadata.
Comparing Two Self-Publishing Surveys (PW)
One industry insider compares the latest Author Earnings report with statistics compiled by Smashwords CEO Mark Coker to identify apparent trends in indie publishing. Compare that comparison with the free-to-download introduction to Digital Book World’s 2014 Author Survey.
Amazon Goes 3D (DBW)
Amazon widens its offering of consumer-generated products by launching a 3D printing store with customization capabilities.
Japan Curbs Book Piracy (Japan Times)
Authorities launch a crackdown on copyright violations, aiming to curtail the uptick in anime and manga ebooks being uploaded for free online as the global market for those titles grows.
Consumer Protection for Ebooks (Good E Reader)
With e-reading steadily expanding, Good E Reader’s Michael Kozlowski makes a renewed case for insuring readers against losing the ebooks they purchase in the evolving retail landscape.
Putting Data to Work (DBW)
The role of data in the publishing process is growing even though access to retailers’ data isn’t. Today at 12pm EST Digital Book World talks to two industry experts about strategies for authors and publishers to incorporate data into their decision-making. Register here.
Kansas Libraries Add Children’s Ebook Program BookFlix (The Capital Journal)
The service adopted statewide gives patrons access to BookFlix’s catalog and children’s e-reading program offering pairs of one fiction video storybook and one nonfiction title each.
Roads Publishing Comes to North America (PW)
The Irish lifestyle brand brings its illustrated books to the U.S. and Canada.