BISG Announces ISBN Recommendations – Problems

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) announced last week a new document describing their idea for best practices in ISBN use for publishing today, specifically addressing digital publishing. Some excepts from the press release:
 

New York, NY (December 7, 2011) — The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) announced today the publication of a new Policy Statement detailing best practices for assigning ISBNs to digital products.

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Mike Shatzkin asks: what can publishers offer in digital publishing? A response.

Mike Shatzkin has just posted an excellent new article: “Will book publishers be able to retain primacy as ebook publishers?” Some snippets:
 

“… I think we’re going to see a US market that is 80% digital for narrative text reading in the pretty near future: could be as soon as two years from now but almost certainly within five …
… Now here’s a fact which is documentable, and would be documented right here on a day when time wasn’t in such short supply: brands that are not publishing houses are directly publishing their own ebooks with increasing frequency.

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Mike Shatzkin asks: what can publishers offer in digital publishing? A response.

Mike Shatzkin has just posted an excellent new article: “Will book publishers be able to retain primacy as ebook publishers?” Some snippets:
 

“… I think we’re going to see a US market that is 80% digital for narrative text reading in the pretty near future: could be as soon as two years from now but almost certainly within five …

… Now here’s a fact which is documentable, and would be documented right here on a day when time wasn’t in such short supply: brands that are not publishing houses are directly publishing their own ebooks with increasing frequency.

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