Daily Archives: March 31, 2010

The ePub eBooks Metadata Mess

The subject is metadata.

Metadata is the information that is supposed to accompany each eBook so that things such as — but not limited to — arranging them by Writer or Genre or Publisher or Date Published is possible.

If you’re going on vacation, for example, and want to take along a mystery, how could you quickly find one in an eBook library comprised of several hundred editions?

Such sorting is why we have computers. They do the grunt work.

But they can only do it based on data. When the data — the metadata — isn’t there, all hell breaks loose and life is rotten for everybody.

The world runs on metadata. This financial mess we’re in? It’s all metadata — information abstracted from its original source. Metadata is derivative, abstracted data.

So if you think metadata is some little thing the world can do without, you are wrong.

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iTunes ePub eBooks: Display Options

OK, I could kick myself across the room for not seeing this sooner.

In my lame defense, I plead for mercy in that I did not expect to be doing any of this sort of testing/investigating until later. Also, I do not use iTunes except for peeking into the App Store every now and then.

Anyway, see what I finally tripped over after the break.

Note: iTunes experts will not find anything here new. This will be of interest for those who haven’t used iTunes much. I hope.

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iTunes ePub eBooks: More Cover Tests

This is a follow-up to: iTunes ePub eBooks: Cover Display Problems

Continuing to test the compatibility of so-called “industry-standard” ePub eBooks with iTunes.

These are the kind of tests I expected to run on an iPad itself. So all of this stuff is ahead of what I had expected.

I downloaded six more ePub eBooks.

Results after the break.

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iTunes ePub eBooks: Cover Display Problems

Update: There is now a second part with additional information. See end of this post.


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I did some more testing of ePub eBooks with iTunes.

Some unhappiness resulted.

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