At this point, you already know much more about ebook metadata than you ever intended to. Read this article to learn about encoded metadata within your book. If you missed the previous instalments of this series, please check the following articles:
- Metadata 101 and most important metadata guidelines
- Filling in the title, subtitle, and series fields
- Using BISAC codes to get into the right Amazon category
While ebook vendors always ask you to enter your metadata separately and they use that information to correctly display your book in their respective stores, many ebook reader devices and apps (like Calibre) use the metadata encoded within the book to display information regarding that book on that device. Books with metadata not correctly encoded might not display author or title correctly on the reader’s device. The best additional benefit of accurately encoded metadata is that you don’t have to enter your metadata manually when uploading your book to PublishDrive. If your metadata is encoded in the book, our system will automatically be able to read it and fill in the necessary fields.
Mandatory encoded metadata
No matter which software you used to create your epub file, your epub already has some metadata: title, language and an identifier are mandatory for all ebooks. Even if your conversion software doesn’t know how to fill in your metadata correctly, you’ll see something there. Many books have “Unknown” in the title or author field: if you are a reader, this could get annoying. More importantly, the correct language settings within your metadata make the use of built-in dictionaries possible on the reading devices.