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Bibliographic data

All of the descriptive details about a book that are advised to the book trade and libraries – usually via companies like Nielsen BookData in the UK and Bowker in the US – for the purposes of identifying, cataloguing and promoting that title. Such bibliographic details can be more or less ‘rich’ and comprise title, subtitle, names of author/editor(s), illustrator(s) and translator(s), extent, number of images, maps, tables and figures, physical size and weight, binding and casing, edition number, series, imprint, ISBN, etc. Also included may be cover/jacket images and long/short blurbs.

This definition is extracted (and expanded on) from the book Getting Published: A Companion for the Humanities and Social Sciences by Gerald Jackson and Marie Lenstrup. It was first referred to in the blog Getting Published in a post on announcing your book.

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