2 Responses to Smart Digital Books Metadata Notes #4

  1. laura says:

    One thing that struck me as I read this follows on directly from your closing paragraph:

    When thinking about these book-related metadata standards, it seems to me that one of the main stumbling blocks is the different objectives of the various actors, publishers, distributors, retailers, librarians, and readers.

    Publishers and retailers, are primarily interested in selling books, so the main concern is that sellers and readers can find and purchase them. Librarians are also interested in search and retrieval, although their primary interest is more archival than commercial in nature.

    None of these are primarily interested in making books more "useful" to readers, which is what I understand as your main interest.

    It seems to me that web actors such W3C or Google are interested in exactly such enhancements, albeit only for digital works, and (as you point out in your 5th installment) arguably to the extent that it's good for web business to make them more useful.

  2. Mike Cane says:

    >>>None of these are primarily interested in making books more "useful" to readers, which is what I understand as your main interest.

    Yes, this is true. This is a failure of print publishing leadership — and the lack of such too. It took Editis in France to commission a video envisioning a digital book that wasn't flat, static ePub!

    >>>It seems to me that web actors such W3C or Google are interested in exactly such enhancements

    I don't know about W3C, but certainly Google is — which is why I oppose the Google Book Search settlement.

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