While librarians are immersed in the importance of quality metadata, publishers are beginning to realize the significance of metadata for eBooks. According to a post by Eric Rumsey, “with eBooks, the process of discovery is more difficult, since browsing of physical books on the shelf is not possible.”
Seems we have heard that one before in the development of OPAC’s that allow shelf-like browsing due in large part to metadata.
Let’s hope that this shift opens up some opportunities in LIS. eBooks are a force to be reckoned with. In fact, I noticed quite a few positions at Amazon recently incorporating metadata and discovery.