ATG Book of the Week: The Metadata Handbook

by | Nov 19, 2012 | 1 comment

Title: Metadata Handbook
Author:Renée Register and Thad McIlroy
PDF Format  $95
Paperback Edition  $125
Coming in early December:
EPUB Version
Kindle Version


DataCurate announces the publication of The Metadata Handbook, a one-stop guide for book publishers — large, small, and independent — offering help in understanding how metadata works and outlining the essential components of successful metadata creation and distribution.

Topics covered include:

  • How metadata for books operates in the real world
  • Metadata fundamentals & the history of metadata for books
  • Standards and best practices for creating and distributing accurate and comprehensive metadata
  • The basics of ONIX for Books, including ONIX 3.0
  • The basics of EPUB 3 metadata options
  • The latest metadata trends, including metadata for self-publishers.

The first comprehensive reference to publisher metadata, The Metadata Handbook includes a glossary of more than 150 industry and technical terms, a bibliography providing access to metadata documentation and further reading, and directories of industry organizations and vendors.

Advance Reviews from Industry Experts:


“The Metadata Handbook is a thorough consideration of where we are with regard to book metadata and discovery, and where we need to go. Register and McIlroy have compiled an excellent resource, filled with history, definitions, and loads of all-important context, complete with interviews of people who’ve been actively involved in the metadata landscape for a long time. It’s essential documentation for publishing today. I really love it.”
— Laura Dawson, Product Manager, Identifiers, Bowker

“The Metadata Handbook is an indispensible resource for the Metadata Millennium (aka, now). It has everything you need to know about metadata—and you DO need to know it! Best of all, it demystifies metadata, providing context and clarity for everything from the metadata ecosystem (who the players are, how metadata is created and used) to the standards that make it work. Full of intelligent, practical recommendations and concrete examples, it will go a long way to clearing up the “messadata” that creates so much friction in the system and keeps books from bein discovered, bought, and used effectively.”
— Bill Kasdorf , Vice President of Content Solutions, Apex CoVantage, LLC; General Editor, The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing; Metadata Subgroup Lead, EPUB 3 Working Group

“What do we want? Good metadata! When do we need it? Now! But how do publishers make that happen? Start with The Metadata Handbook, which offers a practical set of explanations and recommendations that will improve the way that metadata is created and maintained. We know that good metadata helps sell books; this Handbook tells you how to make good metadata a regular practice.”
— Brian O’Leary, Founder and Principal, Magellan Media Partners.


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