ONIX for Books Codelists Issue 34, published at the end of July, has a slew of changes (PDF), most falling somewhere between modest and picayune. It’s a codelist of twos: there are two new work identifier types, two new retail sales outlet codes, two new DRM schemes, two new product forms, two new supply date roles, two new price identifier types and two new product form detail types from List 175. Which is where the sport arises with Codelists 34.
The new product form details are for two additional types of binding, Swiss binding and notched binding. With these new listings List 175 is a miniature course in bookbinding: I declare it to be comprehensive.
For those who wonder, with Swiss binding the cover of the book is detached from the spine of the book… it’s attached only to the back cover of the page block. As a result the front cover and the spine open completely and lie flat. This is said to be popular in Europe, “popular” being a relative term.
Notch or notched binding is a method of perfect binding, but the signatures are notched on the spine in the folding process, which improves adhesion and durability. This style also enables binding of very thin books: as thin as 28 pages.
July also brought us a newsletter from EDItEUR, with lots of details on the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair, along with news on other bibliographic standards: ISBN, ISNI and Thema. Thema Subject Categories 1.2 is now available online.