Using Text to “Enhance” E-books and Other Insights from the 2011 Leipzig Book Fair

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

Germany’s second biggest book fair offers a barometer of what’s obsessing the world’s third largest publishing industry By Siobhan O’Leary LEIPZIG: Students from the HTWK Leipzig [Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur] emerged before a standing room only crowd at an event titled “rethinking the book” at the Leipzig Book Fair on Thursday afternoon, well-prepared to present the fruits of …

ISBNs and E-books: The Ongoing Dilemma

In Guest Contributors, Resources by Guest Contributor

• Should publishers assign a unique ISBN for each e-book format of each title they publish, and what are the implications either way? • There is no consensus of what is the best practice, but one thing is clear: you need to make the decision yourself and not leave it up to someone else. By Erik Christopher ST. CLOUD, MN: …

Poll: Do You Assign Individual ISBNs to Each E-book Format?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, Erik Christopher looks at the various issues publishers have to face when considering whether or not to assign individual ISBNs to each and every e-book format that they publish. No consensus answer to the question has emerged, so for this week’s Publishing Perspectives poll, we wanted to know how you handle e-books and …

Entertainment Companies Launch ISBN-like System for Film and TV Content

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Yesterday, a coalition of entertainment companies, including MovieLabs, CableLabs, Comcast and Rovi Corporation, announced the launch of the Entertainment Identifier Registry (EIDR). The EIDR is meant to serve as a global cataloging system for movies, television and other media content by providing a unique ID and metadata for each piece of content. The press release cited the …

Do We Need Separate ISBNs per E-book per Format per Region?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Liz Bury considers the state of the ISBN debate as regards to the proliferation of e-books in various formats. The debate going on is whether or not it is necessary to issue separate ISBNs for each e-book in each format. More ISBNs mean better analytics on the retail end, but require added logistics. …

“E-book ISBN Mess Needs Sorting Out,” Say UK Publishers

In Digital, Resources by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury LONDON: The subject of how book digitization is affecting the future of the ISBN may not be as sexy as say pricing or sequencing issues, but it is just as important. Right now, publishers around the globe are taking different approaches to assigning ISBNs to e-books, that is if they are assigning them at all. The situation …

What’s the Buzz: Hold that Tweet or You Might Get Fired

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… Does your company have a social media policy? Maybe you should check. While we often rely on social media to build our professional network and discuss issues with customers and colleagues, websites like Twitter and Facebook also offer a tempting forum for airing public complaints and outrage. Mashable.com reports …