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Subject: Behovet av ISBN
From: Jan Szczepanski <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 7 May 2010 08:31:20 +0200

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I motsatts till biblioteken har Google insett, visserligen av
kommersiella skäl, vikten av att tilldela
digitaliserade verk ett unikt ISBN.

Av dom närmare 42000 fria e-böcker som Göteborgs UB förvärvat är det
mindre än en promille
som har tilldelats ett ISBN. Det är mycket märkligt att pappersversionen
fortfarande anses så mycket
viktigare så att förekomsten av en elektronisk version blir bara en
randanmärkning i den posten.

Det finns många sätt att motverka tillgången på fritt tillgängliga
resurser. Detta är en av många vid
sidan av likgiltighet.


Bowker, Google in deal to optimise the identification, cataloging and
discovery of Google Editions - 06 May 2010

Bibliographic information provider Bowker, US, a business unit of
ProQuest, has reached an agreement with Google to provision and
facilitate the assignment of ISBN numbers to Google Editions, Google’s
digital book offering launching later in 2010. The agreement sets an
important publishing industry precedent, helping to ensure a
standards-driven framework for the identification of digital and
print-on-demand book products made available and sold through Google
Books. Bowker operates the U.S. ISBN Agency.

Under the agreement, Google will assign ISBN numbers to Google Editions
in cases when book publishers have not assigned their own unique ISBNs
to works they intend to make available for sale. Both Google and Bowker
will encourage publishers to retain primary responsibility for assigning
their own ISBNs to their respective Google Editions and including these
records as part of the catalogue data they distribute to their trading

One of the core principles of the ISBN Standard is that it identifies a
unique and separately available edition of a book. This is as important
for e-books as it is for different formats of printed books, especially
where trading models involve multiple partners. For more than four
decades, ISBN adoption across the supply chain has facilitated
pinpointed discovery and acquisitions, e-commerce, distribution and
aggregation of product information, and sales data reporting practices.

Recently, the International ISBN Agency issued a position paper
reinforcing that publishers should assign ISBNs to each separately
available e-book format and supply their ISBNs to downstream
intermediaries and channels. The paper also recognised that there are
instances of compressed supply chains where an e-book in a particular
format is available exclusively through a single channel, such as Kindle
and Amazon, and that in those circumstances there is no requirement for
an ISBN.

Google Editions are claimed to be among a growing number of
game-changing distribution and reading models available to publishers
and book consumers. The service is projected to allow users to procure
e-books from various websites via different devices, including Apple's
iPad and Amazon's Kindle. While publishers have not yet publicly
committed to participate in the new service, Google is unlikely to face
problems here, since publishers have no reason to object to an increased
number of retail outlets. Australian publishers, in a separate
announcement, have welcomed Google’s decision to launch Google Editions.
While it is remains unknown about when the service will become available
in Australia, local response to the US announcement has been positive.

De åsikter som framförs här är mina personliga
och inte ett uttryck för Göteborgs universitets-
biblioteks hållning

Opinions expressed here are my own and not
those of the Gothenburg University Library

Jan Szczepanski
Förste bibliotekarie
Goteborgs universitetsbibliotek
Box 222
SE 405 30 Goteborg, SWEDEN
Tel: +46 31 7861164 Fax: +46 31 163797
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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