The BookNet Canada team has been developing an e-catalogue service for the Canadian publishing industry and we’re nearing the reveal. Perhaps some of you have heard of BNC CataList? It’s going to make everyone’s life a little bit easier when it comes out early next year. Yep, that’s right around the corner.
Sales reps, imagine yourselves not having to carry around a kagillion printed catalogues.
Editors, imagine your title’s catalogue entry being up-to-date instead of being outdated in a week.
Buyers, imagine all catalogues neatly kept behind one log-in and order grids you can export.
Sales, Publicity and Marketing Assistants, imagine not having to stuff those envelopes!
Screenshots and details will be coming soon. We’ll be telling you all about it over the next couple of months. It’s pretty great—and easy to use! But what’s important now is for publishers and distributors to get ready. The easiest way to load everything into this catalogue will be to let your metadata do the work.
How’s your metadata? Is your book description in there? How about blurbs, Canadian authorship, trim size, carton quantity?
The best, easiest and most cost- and time-efficient way to create your 2011 e-catalogues will be to use BiblioShare to load your metadata onto CataList. Most of you are already on BiblioShare so it’s just a matter of making sure your metadata has been tested and improved where necessary.
We can’t wait to show you what CataList can do. And I know you want all the details now, but patience, young grasshopper. Your data must be ready first.