ACAT Help finding documentation cataloging standards for ebooks

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On 6/16/2016 11:33 PM, Joelle Hannert wrote:

I’m trying to find the best evidence to back up my claim to an ebook vendor that their MARC records really should have the eISBN included to be considered “high quality.” I’m looking at the BIBCO Core standards for electronic monographs here: https://www.loc.gov/aba/pcc/bibco/coreelectro.html Is that the best resource to show them? Is there anything else you’d recommend?

I would also suggest the ONIX standard, which is important to book dealers. There is the “Implementation and Best Practice Guide” which unfortunately, I cannot just link to because ONIX distributes it in such a poor format: a zip file that you must download and unzip. http://www.editeur.org/93/Release-3.0-Downloads/#Best practice. At least it’s free!

I have followed ONIX rather closely, and as normally happens in these things, the first guides are written rather simply and clearly, but as they go through revisions, such guides become more and more impenetrable. This version is pretty difficult. In any case, standard numbers are probably more important in the electronic environment than in the printed environment. Concerning ISBNs for instance, there are concepts that library cataloging does not have, e.g. from the guide, we learn some subtleties about electronic resources:
“For e-publications, the ‘product’ is the license rather than the file. So where the major terms of the license vary between two ‘versions’, they are distinct products, and should have distinct product identifiers (eg different ISBNs). The license for an e-publication can be linked using the <EpubLicense> composite, at ‘product level’.”

As an example, they give:

Product 1 ISBN 1
buy as PDF £17.95
rent for 3 days £5.95
rent for one week £8.95
rent for one month £11.95
extend rental from 3 days to one week £4.95
extend rental from one week to one month £3.95
convert one month rental to purchase £6.95
Product 2 ISBN 2
buy as EPUB £19.95
rent for 3 days £9.95
rent for one week £12.95
rent for one month £15.95
extend rental from 3 days to one week £3.95
extend rental from one week to one month £4.95
convert one month rental to purchase £7.95

So, we see that at least for some publishers/dealers/distributors, the ISBN is for the license rather than the file. I think this shows that eISBNs are important for “high quality”.

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