Friday, September 10, 2010

Announcing Identification of E-Books Research Project

From BISG:
As some of you are aware, in May 2010 the Identification of E-Books Working Group of BISG's Identification Committee began a systematic review of the International ISBN Agency recommendations for the identification of e-books and digital content.

The Working Group identified several areas in which detailed definitions and a formal examination of the issues would lead to a better perspective on the International ISBN Agency's position and, perhaps, help inform a more data-driven recommendation from the U.S. market to the International ISBN Agency.

To that end, BISG's Identification of E-Books Working Group has contracted with Michael Cairns of the firm Information Media Partners to conduct an objective, research-based study that describes, defines and makes recommendations for the identification of e-books in the U.S. supply chain.

In the coming weeks and months (through October 2010), Michael will conduct a series of fact-finding interviews and information requests to support a set of recommendations that will be reviewed by the Working Group during the first quarter of 2011. Ultimately, these recommendations will form the basis for further discussions with the International ISBN Agency over policies and procedures with respect to e-books and digital content.

Michael will be directly contacting many BISG members and non-members to seek input and participation in the interview and fact finding process. We hope should you be someone Michael reaches out to that you will offer your full cooperation in this project.

Please feel free to contact Michael Cairns directly via email if you would like to participate or, alternatively, Angela Bole who will be in regular contact with Michael as the project moves forward.

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