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Re: DPUB general: The Metadata Handbook

From: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:44:45 +0100
Cc: W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>, Renee Register <datacurate@gmail.com>, Thad McIlroy <thad@thefutureofpublishing.com>
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To: Jean Kaplansky <Jean.Kaplansky@aptaracorp.com>

thank you very much! As a non-publisher who is interested in metadata this book seems to be important to me...

First of all: I would be fine with an EPUB 3 version; mainly for technical books I really prefer eBooks rather than physical books (I alternate between two countries, 5-6 months in one place and the rest in the other, carrying an eBook is no problem, but it would be a drag with printed ones...)

The second question: we have to clarify what "25% discount on the Metadata Handbook to members of the W3C as a whole." The most liberal interpretation of this is that any employee of the 380+ member institutions of W3C would get a 25% discount, which is (though sounds great:-) is probably not what Renee and Thad meant (although... who knows?). Another interpretation is that anybody in the current DPUB Interest Group is entitled for the 25% discount. Or... hm, there are many interpretations possible but probably it is better if Renee and Thad tell us what they exactly meant!

In any case: thank you very much!


On Nov 22, 2013, at 24:21 , Jean Kaplansky <Jean.Kaplansky@aptaracorp.com> wrote:

> Hi Everyone -
> Per one of my recent DPUB telecon takeaways, I’ve had a chance to circle back and talk to Renee Register and Thad McIlroy – authors of the Metadata Handbook (which can be found here: http://themetadatahandbook.com/)
> If you remember, I mentioned that the Metadata Handbook might be of interest to members of the group who are not as familiar with the intricacies of book publishing metadata as people who either work with this metadata on a daily basis, or work for a publishing company that has to deal with this metadata on a daily basis.
> To this end, Thad and Renee have graciously offered to provide up to 10 free eBook (your choice of PDF, EPUB 3, or KF8) copies of the Metadata Handbook to members of the Digital Publishing Interest Group on a first come first serve basis, and a 25% discount on the Metadata Handbook to members of the W3C as a whole.
> Further, Renee provided an update on the status of international versions of the Metadata Handbook in progress: 
> 	• A contract has been signed for a Turkish translation
> 	• A French translation is in the works
> 	• A revised version of the original Metadata Handbook will be published in early 2014
> 	• There is a strong possibility that a smaller Metadata Handbook specific to digital publishing will be published in 2014, as well. This manual will include an expanded section specific to EPUB 3 metadata options.
> At this point, I think the group will do fine with copies of the original Metadata Handbook, because the reference covers the complexity of the different metadata systems in place in the United States and Canada alone. This is a good starting point for everyone in the group to consider when we talk about identifiers and other aspects of publishing digital content.
> Please let me know if you are interested in taking up Thad and Renee on their generous offer. I will keep track of names and numbers, which I will then hand over to Renee so she can arrange for provisioning.
> Thanks!
> Jean Kaplansky
> Solutions Architect
> Aptara, Inc.
> Email: jean.kaplansky@aptaracorp.com
> Skype: JeanKaplansky
> Mobile: 518 487 9670
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