Managing Metadata in Today’s Marketplace

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October 2011
by Marcella Smith

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Managing Metadata in Today’s Marketplace

by Marcella Smith

For readers, this is a wonderful time. Now that the consumer’s choice is no longer limited by the physical constraints of one particular format, it is possible to walk down the street reading a book, a magazine, or a newspaper on a telephone or any of the other electronic devices that permit such an activity. Readers can still visit local libraries and do research or browse in the stacks, but they can also choose to use the library’s resources online. They can download public domain information at no cost, and that download is no longer limited to the traditional (soon to be antique) desktop computer. It can be sent to an e-reader, a tablet, a phone, or a laptop.

It is also a good time for the book business, as a look back shows. The market for content of all kinds, and for books in particular, has been expanding consistently for more than half a century.

Growth continued from the paperback revolution of the 1940s (which experts warned surely heralded the death of the hardcover) and the trade paperback revolution of the mid-’70s (which prompted the very same warnings) through the explosion of hardcover sales in the mid-’80s (when unit sales for a variety of titles soared into the millions, thanks to discounting and bookstores in …IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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