What is Dial-A-Book?
Dial-A-Book is a company that specializes
in the business of book excerpts.
We create/convert, aggregate, and license/distribute book excerpts
for and on behalf of thousands of publishers around the world.
Dial-A-Book takes books (hardcopy,
PDF files, EPUB files, or ONIX files containing excerpts) and converts them
to formats that our customers want (HTML, XML).
Our excerpts are all received with
the full permission of the publisher, and contain copyright holder
information for proper citation.
Online retail sites and library
systems use our database of over 350,000 book excerpts to help readers
discover the value of an individual book.
Our database is also crawled by
major search engines. This improves a book’s ranking in search engine
partial list can be seen to the right)
Customers who license access to our
entire database of excerpts for use in online display and discovery.
Customers who use us to create
excerpts and return them for their own use.
Customers who need a small subset of
our database for a particular use or application.
the process work?
Depending on volume and preference,
publishers submit files to Dial-A-Book via FTP (preferred) or email (low
Dial-A-Book extracts the Table of
Contents, the copyright holder information, and the lesser of the first 10%
or 17,000 characters of the content to be included in the excerpt.
Dial-A-Book standardizes the format
of each excerpt in HTML and XML.
Every two weeks, Dial-A-Book
delivers all newly standardized excerpts to its database licensees.
On the same two
week cycle, Dial-A-Book delivers newly standardized excerpts back to
customers who pay for that conversion service.
What is the History of Dial-A-Book?
Dial-A-Book was started in 1993 by Stanley
R. Greenfield, a retired Ziff-Davis executive. Upon Stanley’s passing
in 2009, the company was run by his wife, Betty Greenfield. The Greenfield’s spent many years
speaking with publishers of all shapes and sizes about the value of
excerpts. In many ways, their work was well ahead of its time.
On January 1st. 2014,
Dial-A-Book was acquired by Firebrand Technologies.
Who can I contact if I have any other questions?
Please be in touch with Marianne O’Neill,
Program Coordinator (oneillm at dialabook dot net)
See a sample excerpt here
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