Encouraged to ‘exchange opinions, push yourself to create a network,’ Mexico’s booksellers at the CONTEC conference were challenged to adopt digital sales systems’ support for retail.
‘In an industry where everything is returnable, why are we out of stock so often?’ The Book Industry Study Group’s annual meeting tackled questions like this, with a strong focus on the supply chain.
Condemned as ‘hugely confusing for the book-buyer’ and the publishing supply chain, the practice of using of subtitle and/or title fields for promotion prompted the UK’s BIC to issue a cease-and-desist message to publishers.
YouTube’s newly announced partnership with the ISNI can greatly strengthen the identifier’s role in metadata, naming intellectual property’s creators.
In a fast start, Metabooks Brasil has brought more than 50,000 titles onto its platform with the top booksellers in Brazil and more than 70 publishers.
A new reading community site is partnering with Bowker on metadata, while Ingram’s VitalSource announces its new deal with eCampus in digital coursework.
From The Irish Times: A question of most popular reads becomes a chance to demonstrate what the OCLC’s ‘WorldCat’ international library system can do.
Stepping up its international expansion with an entry into the US market, Germany’s MVB acquires two ordering services, forming a New York-based subsidiary.
Creating a standardized platform in book metadata for retailers and publishers, Metabooks Brasil is off to a fast start, based on Germany’s Books in Print.
The challenge is to respond to the customer ‘as a partner or collaborator,’ says one expert in a discussion of where publishing is in the digital dynamic.