BNC CataList is currently in beta testing and will be launching by the end of the month. But for those of you who just can’t wait, here’s a sneak peek at CataList.
I’ll cut right to the chase and show you what you’ve been most wanting to see: the Title Detail Page. It’s really the most important part of any catalogue. For this screenshot I’ve used our very own publication, The Canadian Book Market 2010, as the example. (Very convenient product placement, indeed.)
The CataList Title Detail Page is exhaustive. It tells you everything you want to know.
As you can see, all the usual stuff is there—title, subtitle, cover image, etc. And the specs can all be found on the left hand side, below the cover image and in the grey drop-down boxes. “Sales Rights” tells you where that format of the book can be sold. “Other Formats” shows you in what other formats the title has been published, like a simultaneously published e-book or the original hardcover format. The ISBNs will be able to link to the other formats’ Title Detail Pages, if they’ve been created. “Supply Detail” gives you the specs important for ordering, including dates and carton quantity.
You’ll find comparable titles listed on the left. These titles will link directly to SalesData, for those who subscribe, so that you can look up how the comp titles did, when they came out, and what their prices were. The “Also Available” section will show you the author backlist. The titles listed there will link to their individual Title Detail Pages in other catalogues too, if they were been created.
The book description and author bio need little explanation.
Now, let’s move on to the really interesting stuff.
On the bottom left, you’ll see a drop-down box for “My Notes” and one for “Shared Notes.” In “My Notes,” you can write notes to yourself on any Title Detail Page. “Shared Notes” are part of custom catalogues. It’s a function that allows the sender and recipient to correspond, to send quick comments and ask questions.
You’ll find extra images and video under the contributor information. (In this screenshot, you can only see the additional images because we don’t make videos for the CBM.) Embed the book trailers or author interviews here so that any viewer can watch the video. Post the author photo here, but also include additional images like interior spreads or related images to feed the viewer’s curiosity and spark a media producer’s interest.
And don’t forget the tiny details.
The flag next to the contributor name signifies that the contributor is Canadian. This little bonus comes up automatically when you’ve filled in the Canadian contributor field in the ONIX file, giving booksellers, reviewers and media producers a heads up that this is a Canadian book. And notice the little icons to the right of the title. They allow you to email the Title Detail Page, print it or edit it with the click of a button.
What this view doesn’t include is the ordering feature on the page, but we’ve built that in, too. Booksellers will be able to put in an order number on the page and pull up all the orders on an order grid view afterwards.
We hope giving you this tour of the Title Detail Page illustrates just how useful CataList is. It’s easy to use and includes just about anything you could possibly want to say or show.
What do you think of your old print catalogue now? Might be time for an upgrade, huh?
Click here for an overview of CataList’s in a previous BNC post.