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1 The Changing Standards Landscape United Action for Common Problems Michael Healy, Executive Director, BISG

2 Members from across the book industry Printers, manufacturers Publishers Booksellers, wholesalers, distributors System & service suppliers, trade bodies Libraries Building a more efficient & effective supply chain Standards, research, policy development

3 The landscape is shifting … Digital technology is transforming publishing Products Processes Value chain Roles Relationships How well are our standards coping? Does the development process need to change?

4 The old, familiar & disappearing world 200,000 new titles per year 5 million available titles Consolidation of supply Fewer, more powerful publishers Fewer, more powerful retailers High barriers to entry A tricky, but manageable, universe

5 An increasingly familiar world Huge proliferation of content 292,000 new U.S. books in 2006 Is anyone counting digital publications? Everything available, all the time Impact of print on demand Mass digitization Is anyone counting all the available titles? Atomized, fragmented publishing Multiple print, audio and digital formats

6 An increasingly familiar world Bespoke, personalized content Lower barriers to entry Publisher services Lighting Source, iUniverse, Lulu.com Smaller publishers account for 30%+ of all U.S. income from book publishing Ubiquitous content Significant opportunities for publishers and librarians

7 Common challenges Unambiguous identification of resources Comprehensive resource description Facilitating search, discovery & retrieval Linking related publications Unique name identifiers Supporting permissions and licenses

8 Todays physical supply chain Built and dependent on standards Product identification Location identification Product description and communication B2B transactions

9 Standards in the supply chain Standards have improved efficiency Standards have reduced costs Standards have helped sell more books Adoption and compliance rates could be better

10 Tomorrows supply chain Are existing standards up to the job? Are new and different standards required? If so, will they be created in the book industry? Or imposed from outside? Are standards necessary at all? Is the current development process obsolete?

11 Closer collaboration Previous collaborative efforts Sporadic, occasional, unsystematic New alliance between librarians & publishers? Identifying common strategic challenges Understanding our shared supply chain Connecting authors and readers

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