I spent two days in Los Angeles earlier this week at the first-ever conference for music metadata. I presented on lessons of the book industry that can help the music industry. I’ve posted my slides. Billboard offered a music industry perspective on the presentations.
Anne Hill of Creative Content Coaching recently conducted video interviews with us, exploring metatdata issues for authors, small publishers, and the larger publishing community. Anne advises authors and independent professionals on marketing, social media strategies, and making their voices heard. Interview with Thad McIlroy. Interview with Renée Register. Anne is offering an author platform workshop in Chicago [...]
The Copyright Clearance Center runs a great podcast series called Beyond the Book, ably moderated by Christopher Kenneally (who sounds like he was born into the role). Recent podcasts have included Open Access Publishing Trends, Eliminating Obstacles to Global Ebook Sales, and our own The Metadata Handbook. My co-author, Renée Register, was joined by the extremely knowledgeable Patricia Payton, Senior [...]
You hear a lot of talk out there about the importance of metadata in publishing and bookselling, but there’s still confusion around what it is and how to do it well. Here are five things publishers should know. 1. Metadata isn’t a new concept. Book metadata is at least as old as the Library at [...]
Book reviews often include excerpts from the book text thereby making small portions of the text searchable. So why not the entire book? Authors and publishers worry about digital theft when a book is posted in its entirety online. But both Amazon and Google can make an entire text searchable without making it available for [...]
What They’re Saying About The Metadata Handbook
"The Metadata Handbook is a thorough consideration of where we are with regard to book metadata and discovery, and where we need to go. Register and McIlroy have compiled an excellent resource, filled with history, definitions, and loads of all-important context, complete with interviews of people who've been actively involved in the metadata landscape for a long time. It's essential documentation for publishing today. I really love it."
Product Manager, Identifiers, Bowker
“The Metadata Handbook is an indispensible resource for the Metadata Millennium (aka, now). It has everything you need to know about metadata—and you DO need to know it! Best of all, it demystifies metadata, providing context and clarity for everything from the metadata ecosystem (who the players are, how metadata is created and used) to the standards that make it work. Full of intelligent, practical recommendations and concrete examples, it will go a long way to clearing up the “messadata” that creates so much friction in the system and keeps books from being discovered, bought, and used effectively.”
Vice President of Content Solutions, Apex CoVantage, LLC; General Editor, The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing; Metadata Subgroup Lead, EPUB 3 Working Group
"What do we want? Good metadata! When do we need it? Now! But how do publishers make that happen? Start with The Metadata Handbook, which offers a practical set of explanations and recommendations that will improve the way that metadata is created and maintained. We know that good metadata helps sell books; this "Handbook" tells you how to make good metadata a regular practice.
Founder and Principal, Magellan Media Partners