Book Metadata


Metadata components which pertain to a book as a whole, for example, the book title, volume, and ISBN for a work such as a monograph, encyclopedia, reference volume, etc.

Related Elements

A book <book> may be divided into five parts:

  1. book metadata, that is, data about the book, such as the title and author (<book-meta>);
  2. metadata about the digital edition of a book, such the editor and date of transcription (<digital-edition-meta>);
  3. textual material that precedes the actual contents of a book, for example, author biographical information or a preface (<book-front>);
  4. the textual and graphical content of the book (<body> ); and
  5. ancillary information such as a glossary, reference list, or appendix that follows the body of the book (<back> ).

Model Information

Content Model

<!ELEMENT book-meta     %book-meta-model;                            >


The following, in order:

Tagged Example

<book-id pub-id-type="other">waln-1</book-id>
<book-title>An account of
the asylum for the insane, established by the
Society of Friends, near Frankford, in the
vicinity of Philadelphia . . . from the
Philadelphia journal of the medical and
physical sciences, for August, 1825.
<contrib contrib-type="author">
<given-names>Robert</given-names> </name>
<contrib-date date-type="birth"><year>1794</year></contrib-date>
<contrib-date date-type="death"><year>1825</year></contrib-date>
<publisher-name>Benjamin &amp; Thomas Kite</publisher-name>
<printer-loc>Locust Street, Philadelphia</printer-loc>
<date date-type="first-published">
<alternate-form xmlns:xlink="http://www.w3.org/1999/xlink"
  xlink:type="simple" xlink:href="pdf-waln.pdf"
<kwd-group kwd-group-type="subjects">...</kwd-group>