It’s in iTunesMetadata.plist.
And here is what it looks like for the Winnie the Pooh ePub eBook.
See it after the break.
I’ve highlighted bits in red. Discussion of those afterwards. Click to make larger.
It’s clear Apple didn’t put any special effort into accommodating books.
ArtistName for writer? In a general sense, I suppose. But in a broader sense, this is terrible. How to distinguish metadata between an artist who is, for instance, a singer and one who is a writer?
Yeah, there’s the additional Kind = eBook, but still. This reveals there is no real book thinking — or any real metadata — thinking — happening at Apple.
And what’s up with Genre = Fiction? Does Genre ID = 10081 map to that? Where do things such as Children’s Literature or even a subcategory for Children come in? I don’t see even the basics of an MLS at work here.
A pageCount field is interesting. But it makes me wonder how that pagination is arrived at? Is it using a specific default typeface and typesize when rendered in iBooks on the iPad? If iPhone — perhaps, it’s when, not if — gets iBooks this summer, I doubt that pageCount will reflect how many “pages” appear on the smaller iPhone screen. This is just me wondering, however, about how that number is generated. The issue of page count itself in electronic/digital books is an argument in itself being played out on many other sites.
What’s intriguing to me is the Explicit field. Does this indicate there will be room for Derek Raymond in the iBookstore? I hope so.
So, this is what’s being done right now. I think over at Google they are breathing a sigh of relief, if not smirking. This is, to be charitable, primitive.
Let’s have the librarians and metadata specialists leave Comments.