The Book Industry Study Group held a meeting last week where they looked into whether publishers, retailers, and content creators are using ISBNs the way they’re supposed to. FYI: An ISBN is basically a serial number for an ebook or paper book.
The short answer is that a lot of companies are going their own way. Publishers and distributors regularly use the wrong ISBN, and while retailers should reject a title because of this they usually don’t. they’re more interested in getting the ebook on the market. [Read more →]
From the announcement:
The Gilbane Group, a division of Outsell, Inc., and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) today announced a strategic partnership to help members of the book industry succeed through innovative uses of technology. Together, Gilbane and BISG will provide market-centric research and actionable guidance for book industry professionals seeking to profit from the digital revolution.
The new partnership includes:
- Full-length research reports, starting with joint planning and development of Gilbane’s current study, “A Blueprint for Book Publishing Transformation.”
- An annual series of white papers on topics of interest to the book publishing industry.
- Events to share research results. For example, Gilbane will participate in a session of BISG’s Making Information Pay 2010 conference ( http://www.bisg.org/mip/) on May 6, 2010, presenting key findings from the Blueprint study.