Metadata Distribution to eBook Aggregators

Automatic data export to ebrary and MyiLibrary

For the smooth export of catalogue data to the eBook aggregators ebrary and MyiLibrary, modules for maintaining data as well as for data export to the NEWBOOKS Metadata Management System have been implemented.

The NEWBOOKS Metadata Management System is a web-based platform for the maintenance and distribution of bibliographic metadata. It offers publishers the possibility to easily inform their partner booksellers about new and forthcoming titles. For this, the Metadata Management System retrieves the respective data fields required by the metadata recipients, and automatically generates the suitable exchange format. The German directory of deliverable books (das Verzeichnis Lieferbarer Bücher (VlB)), book wholesalers and online booksellers are informed equally about the new publication. Additional interfaces allow for the integration of the title database into publisher’s website. 

Editorial maintenance of publisher’s bibliographic metadata succeeds intuitively in the clearly arranged frontend of the platform. Therefore, publishers have an extremely useful tool for data storage and distribution at hand.

The modular system has been extended to specific areas both for maintenance purposes and metadata export to ebrary and MyiLibrary. In general, the NEWBOOKS Metadata Management System is based entirely on ONIX—the universal XML exchange format for booksellers and libraries. Nevertheless, various individual additions have been made at the request of the customers. For example, for metadata distribution to MyiLibrary the Library of Congress (LCC) classifications are needed that requires a special output format. ebrary on the other hand places special value on country-specific assignment of rights, author profiles and the equipping of the title data with BISAC codes.

Even with the extensive adjustments in the backend, users of the NEWBOOKS Metadata Management System remain undisturbed. They may recognise the changes in the form of two new menu tabs within the editorial maintenance menu of the platform. The individual exchange formats by ebrary and MyiLibrary can be both automated and initiated as live export by the customer.