E-book data "poor"

<p>Foyles and Nielsen Book have called for greater co-operation from publishers regarding information for both selling and monitoring e-book sales. </p><p>Becky Jones <em>(pictured)</em>, head of e-commerce at Foyles, told delegates at <em>The Bookseller</em>&#39;s Digital Conference, FutureBook, sponsored by Wiggin and held in London last week, that current e-book bibliographic data was &quot;poor&quot;. She said: &quot;Many have no jackets and no book synopsis. Many are supplied without information such as author or publication date.&quot;</p><p>She added: &quot;Random House is a fantastic publisher and does a great deal in the e-book market here, but when <em>The Lost Symbol</em> came out it failed to put either &#39;Dan&#39; or &#39;Brown&#39; in the file information.&quot;</p><p>Jones added a lack of information about Digital Rights Management has also caused problems and confusion among consumers. &quot;You can&#39;t tell customers &#8232;how much of the book you can print out and how many readers you can put it on&mdash;this is really not appropriate.&quot;</p><p>Peter Mathews, publishing and editorial services manager at Nielsen Book, said Nielsen was &quot;finding it difficult to get co-operation from publishers&quot;. Nielsen BookScan does not yet produce bestseller charts for e-books. He explained: &quot;You cannot provide sales information without product information. In order to count the sales of e-books we need to be able to identify the products &#8232;themselves. We collect ISBNs&mdash;which is useless information unless you can put it with the product information.&quot;</p><p>Mathews added Nielsen had been speaking to publishers about getting the appropriate information for the last three years, but suspected that only around 20% of e-book publishers currently submitted the correct data.</p><p>He added: &quot;We&#39;re not that far away from having a credible panel of information&mdash;perhaps a bestseller chart. We would hope that with co-operation from a few more publishers we would have significant coverage of e-book records.&quot; </p><p>Mathews said he hoped that 2010 would see the emergence of the first Nielsen e-book bestseller chart.<br />&nbsp;</p>