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Morning Link: eBook Subscription Legal in France. Metadata Good For Book Sales
June 18, 2015 | 7:58 am

kindle unlimitedeBook Subscription Services Are Legal in France (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Kindle Unlimited and its local competitors Izneo, Youscribe, and Youboox were given five months to bring their services into compliance with the legal decision. I don't have news yet on Kindle Unlimited but I can report that Youboox, Izneo, and Youscribe are either now legal in France, or will be soon. TeleRead Take: Fixed price book laws lead to lots of unintended consequences. *** How A Simple Metadata Fix Can Double Book Sales (Publishing Perspective) Ronald Schild CEO of Germany’s MVB discusses how research shows simple metadata fixes, like putting the language of a...

Eating Our Own Dog Food
August 20, 2013 | 12:45 pm

self-publishingBy Laura Dawson In computer software engineering, "dogfooding" means using your own product. At Bowker, we've been doing that ourselves — I'm the product manager for SelfPublishedAuthor.com, and I'm using our services to publish a short story cycle called "The Place Where I Come From." The reason for this is because we really want to understand what indie publishers and self-published authors are going through, and make sure that the tools we offer are actually helpful. I'm taking an incremental approach to publishing — I've launched the book digitally on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If demand grows over time, I'll add a print-on-demand option. ISBNs and Metadata I've...

New publishers use metadata to get marketing results
April 17, 2013 | 8:36 pm

metadataData. Traditional publishers have not used the word often when it comes to marketing. But newer publishing companies are using data in a way traditional publishing houses have not, several members of a panel at PaidContent Live said in New York City on Wednesday. “The old evolution of traditional book publishers used to be very allergic to data," said Dominique Raccah, the publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks. "What you just heard is a very different approach from that. For us it’s about metadata and surfacing, and then rinse and repeat. Metadata is a new term in our industry.” [caption id="attachment_83482" align="alignleft" width="154"] Sourcebooks CEO Dominique...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 8: Downloading News
February 28, 2013 | 8:56 pm

CalibreThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 We've covered a lot of uses for Calibre so far, including library management, book conversion, and more. But Calibre is more than just an e-book program. Lots of us read more than books, including news and blogs. Did you know Calibre can be set up to automatically download news sources? Here's how it's done: First, fire up Calibre and click the "Fetch News" button.   As you...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 7: Conversion Basics
February 27, 2013 | 10:00 am

CalibreThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Thank you, Joanna, for that excellent post on setting up shelves for the Kobo reader. I keep thinking about getting a Kobo Mini. If I do, that article will come in very handy. And now, finally, after metadata, content servers and Kobo, we get to e-book conversion. Just so you know how good you have it in 2013, let me remind you about the bad old...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 6: Managing Kobo Bookshelves
February 26, 2013 | 10:00 am

CalibreThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Juli Monroe has a done a great job covering some of the ways you can tweak Calibre to organize your Kindle books. But what about Kobo users? Is there a way they can use Calibre to better organize their books? The answer is ... yes! The newer Kobo models—including the Touch, the Glo and the Mini—have a 'bookshelves' feature. You can configure Calibre to send books directly to...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 5: More Metadata
February 25, 2013 | 10:00 am

CalibreThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Some of our readers have been asking questions lately about previous posts in which I discussed metadata, and that's caused me to realize that I missed a thing or two. So with that in mind, here are a couple more metadata-related tips; we think you'll find them useful. Adding Publisher Metadata In my previous metadata post (Chapter 2: Setting and Changing Metadata), I discussed adding your own data. But I forgot to discuss...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 4: Calibre Content Server
February 24, 2013 | 2:00 pm

CalibreThis post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Up until now, we've covered mostly basic stuff. This post discusses a more "advanced" and seriously cool feature: Using Calibre's Content Server to manage your library wirelessly, no cords needed! Begin by firing up the content server: Then fire up a browser on a tablet, smartphone or even on an E Ink reader that supports Web browsing. Enter your computer's IP address in the URL box,...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 3: Loading Books On Your Device
February 23, 2013 | 12:27 pm

This post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 If you're just joining us, so far we've covered installing Calibre and setting metadata for library management. Today, we're going to cover a few ways to load books into Calibre. Let's not ignore the obvious, however. If you own a tablet or smartphone and followed my advice of storing your Calibre library in Dropbox, you can just download the Dropbox app on your device, select...

Using Calibre for E-Book Management, Chapter 2: Setting and Changing Metadata
February 22, 2013 | 3:19 pm

This post is part of TeleRead's "Using Calibre for E-Book Management" Guide: Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Ch. 4 | Ch. 5 | Ch. 6 | Ch. 7 | Ch. 8 | Ch. 9 | Ch. 10 Many people think of Calibre as an e-book conversion program, and it's true it does conversion very well. I'll be covering that aspect soon. However, to convert e-books, you need to either strip DRM (a topic this series will not be covering), or buy only DRM-free books. While that's an admirable goal, it's not feasible for many e-book readers. And if you happen to be one...

‘The awkward feeling of mindless improvisation’ – The iBookstore comes to Latin America
July 30, 2012 | 9:15 pm

Did you think that e-book vendors have a hard time with Apple here in the USA? Publishing Perspectives has a terrific (one might even say hilarious in some places) report on the frenetic activity engendered by Apple’s decision to launch its iBookstore in Latin America. Among other things, it asked Latin American publishers to redo their books’ metadata—and then changed its mind on how it wanted the metadata done three times over the course of several days. Apple’s preference for prices that end in .49 or .99 means trouble for the publishers who sell their books in their own...

Metadata Handbook launched at BEA
June 7, 2012 | 9:21 am

GI 64061 BookCoverv5 From the press release: Renée Register and Thad McIlroy announce the publication of their jointly authored handbook of metadata for book publishers. Renée Register is Principal of DataCurate, focused on supporting publishers in the development of 21st century data policies, practices, and systems designed to connect readers to content. Thad McIlroy is Principal of The Future of Publishing, a consultancy devoted to helping publishers at the intersection of production, markets, and technology. The Metadata Handbook is a one-stop guide for professional publishers, large and small, who need to get a handle on how metadata for books operates in the real world, and who need to implement...

Espresso Book Machine not without its drawbacks, University of Utah librarian reports
May 14, 2012 | 12:15 pm

Speaking of the Espresso, a digital publisher’s paen to self-publishing through it led me to a blog post from last year in which librarian Rick Anderson of the University of Utah’s Marriott Library discussed the Espresso’s pros and cons in a bit greater depth than I’ve seen other posts go into. The problems Anderson found mainly have to do with a few technical glitches in the device itself, particularly due to the desert climate of his library being drier than the Espresso was originally designed for. Also, the device has a 45-minute-to-1-hour warmup time due to the glue...

Goodreads moves away from Amazon API for book data over restrictive terms of use
January 27, 2012 | 12:56 pm

s-GOODREADS-largeSocial reading site Goodreads is changing the API it uses for pulling book metadata to the site, PaidContent reports. It had been using Amazon’s public Product Advertising API which allowed it to import title, author, page count, and so on. However, Goodreads finds the terms of use for the API have become too restrictive for the site to continue to use it. In particular, Amazon will not allow sites using the API to link to the book on any other on-line retailer except Amazon, but Goodreader provides links to titles on multiple retailers. Also, Amazon will not allow content...

Metadata: “Google Books is at Heart a Catalogue of Errors”
December 8, 2011 | 9:34 am

Images The article looks at Professor Geoffery Nunberg’s 2009 comments about the poor quality of Google Books metadata and includes new comments by Nunberg about what he sees today. From Times Higher Education: In response to Professor Nunberg’s critique, Google offered to correct any errors that were brought to its attention. But while this process has ironed out specific glitches in the intervening years, Professor Nunberg does not believe it has made a fundamental difference. “The changes are a drop in a greatly enlarged ocean,” he said, adding that the flaws in Google’s metadata remain “a big systematic structural problem”. In the course of his research alone,...

Book-fire: the book will find its reader, by John Miedema
October 3, 2011 | 11:42 am

Slowreading cover s The book is on fire, so we are told. In 2007 Amazon released its e-reader, the Kindle, its brand suggesting a gentle flame by which to read. In 2010 we reached a tipping point with e-readers as sales of e-books soared. Last week Amazon announced the Kindle Fire, a tablet. With its low price, enthusiasts are predicting a hit. Is the book really on fire? The metaphor is too easy, a cliché, but is it accurate? Things are changing fast. Digital technology has revolutionized publishing. The big book stores are closing. Libraries are now popular data access centres. Is...

Why every publisher needs to focus on metadata
July 29, 2011 | 11:30 am

Edward Nawotka has a new article at Publishing Perspectives that answers some common questions about metadata in digital books, and I thought he made a particularly good point regarding where it belongs in a publishing workflow: Q: Isn't metadata just something the digital departments of publishers need to worry about? A: Simply put, it needs to be a part of everyone's job description. The problem comes when a house instills a "digital director" and everyone else starts to think "well, that's not my job anymore." Metadata is a tool that everyone can use to help make a book a success and keep...

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