I have a sign above my desk: Yesterday, I mentioned that in 1998, there were 900,000 books in print. In 2012 – fourteen years later – there are over 32 million. This is a massive disruption. Not only are the established publishing houses churning out more titles year after year, there are lots of new… Continue reading Let the Identifier Identify; Let the Metadata Describe
I bet you don’t have one of these. IT BOBBLES.
One of the things I love most is digging into a huge book database and finding things out. How many books in how many categories published by which companies have page counts of less than x? This tells you things (like who’s publishing sub-book content – or chunks, as I like to call them –… Continue reading The Joy of Book Databases
1. If I hear the term “eISBN” one more time, so help me God, I’m stopping the car and you can all walk home. 2. BISAC codes do so have a use. If you want to slice up the market broadly for a particular outreach attempt, BISAC codes are good for that. 3. BISAC codes… Continue reading Some Data Observations
“No cloning in the house!”
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Otherwise known as “you can lead a horse to water….” At today’s BISG Identification Committee meeting, I started thinking YET AGAIN about the amount of data flying around in our increasingly digitized industry. Our databases – with their skillions of titles, and skillions more being published every year – frighten music and video industry folks.… Continue reading Just Because You Send It Doesn’t Mean They’ll Use It