Saturday, July 19, 2008
Imagine if you needed a separate ISBN for every format your ebook was offered in. You may not need to imagine it for very long if the PA/BA Liaison Group get their way.
And who, you may ask, is the BA/PA Liaison Group. Well they: work to identify and initiate action on some of the challenges facing the book trade for the benefit of all in the industry.
They are specifically a group within the British Publishers Association whose membership is drawn from Random House, Penguin, Lttle Brown, Macmillan, Faber & Faber, HarperCollins and Scholastic.
PA proudly and repeatedly claim to "[r]epresent the large majority of UK publishing by turnover..." "By turnover" perhaps meaning, mostly the big boys who don't e-publish as their core business and so don't care much about the cost of a separate ISBN for different digital formats?