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ISBNs – Vital or dying in e-publishing?

Part four of Anthony Finn's series of posts on data management which also includes
Book Metadata – an Introduction, Metadata, Customer Data and Title Management Systems
and Data Strategies in Academic Publishing.

It’s an important question for all publishers, because, let’s face it, ISBN’s are not cheap. Another post on this blog has discussed the importance of metadata of which an ISBN number is only one component.

A new, fragmented market for digital and print books has brought with it a variety of digital formats. And for non-fiction titles, particularly in academic publishing, offering individual chapter sales may further complicate things. So where is an ISBN actually useful?

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