Before diving into the world of metadata, you need a working knowledge of some basic publishing terms:
• Metadata: Simply put, your book metadata is any data that describes your publication—including title, price and any other relevant information. Ultimately, it’s what connects your content to your prospective readers. It’s often referred to as your book’s “sales force.”
• ISBN: This is your book’s unique 13-digit identifier.
• Discovery: The process by which you the perfect customer finds your book. Discovery is essential to making a sale.
How Does Metadata Play a Role in Book Discovery?
Your book’s metadata is essential to how your prospective customers discover and connect with your content. Quality metadata can make the difference between achieving a sale or missing out on an opportunity to reach a reader. Discovery has a few essential components, including:
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