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PrePub Book Link is a customer service application that brings together the CIP and PCN Programs into one consolidated system while preserving the mission of both programs, which is to provide quality prepublication data to publishers. Below is a series of blog posts that highlight different areas of functionality in PPBL. For more information, please refer to the appropriate user guides.

May 21, 2019

CIP Publishers

PrePub Book Link allows you to see all your outstanding CIP requests by title and primary ISBN via My Requests on the publisher portal. Through My Requests you can see the status of the application and make change requests for a particular title. Speaking of change requests, PPBL has streamlined that process and made it much more user friendly. Again, you will be able to attach a PDF document that show the changes.

We think you are going to love the overall look and feel of PrePub Book Link!

PCN Publishers

PrePub Book Link allows you to see all your outstanding PCN requests by title and primary ISBN via My Requests on the publisher portal. Through My Requests you can see the status of the application and make change requests for a particular title. Speaking of change requests, PPBL has streamlined that process and made it much more user friendly. 

We think you are going to love the overall look and feel of PrePub Book Link!

May 8, 2019

CIP and PCN Publishers

One of the most obvious enhancements with PrePub Book Link is the ability to reset your own passwords. You will not need to rely on your publisher liaison to help you out. Not only that, there are no longer shared accounts. You will be able to administer your publisher account. Everyone working on behalf of your publisher will have an individual account. You can add people to your PPBL publisher profile, even if they work for another organization but submit CIP applications on your publisher’s behalf. We think this be a dramatic quality of life improvement for you and for the Library of Congress.

April 26, 2019

CIP Publishers

Since the CIP Program went electronic back in 2003, we have required publishers to attach a single galley file in a specially tagged ASCII format for each application. Since when does a publisher use that format in house? Probably never. With PrePub Book Link, you will never again have to retro-convert your documents into ASCII with that special tagging!

When we go live with PPBL, CIP publishers will be just have to attach a single PDF file with at least the core required materials. Of course, more content is always better for subject analysis. Using PDF is the easiest and most secure way to handle your galleys.

PCN Publishers

For the first time, authors and publishers will have the option to attach a title page in PDF format as part of the application for your forthcoming book. Although the title page will help us in our processing, it is by no means a requirement. It's just one of the nifty new features we have in store for you with the implementation of PrePub Book Link.

April 10, 2019

The CIP Program has a revolutionary way to integrate ONIX metadata in the CIP cataloging process with the implementation of PrePub Book Link. Since 2010 the Library of Congress has been utilizing ONIX whenever possible at the point of cataloging CIP applications, but publishers still had to fill out the lengthy CIP application without any prepopulated ONIX data.

With PPBL, publishers will be able to prefill up to 40% of a CIP application by using the Prefill with ONIX functionality. All you need is the ISBN of your forthcoming title. We receive weekly feeds of ONIX from many publishers and aggregators. If ONIX for your particular title has been received by us, you will be able to search against it to prepopulate as much of the application as possible. In addition, we can include value-added metadata from ONIX, such as tables of contents, summaries, and BISAC subject terms in our bibliographic records.

Even if you do not use the Prefill with ONIX functionality, the Library of Congress can still take advantage of value-added metadata from ONIX, which we will be able to capture at the point of cataloging. This enhanced data adds to the discoverability of your book by users.

We’re taking metadata created in the publisher supply chain to the next level by improving the CIP application process and increasing discoverability. We think this is a win-win!

April 3, 2019

We know that diacritics, those symbols like umlauts and acute accents, have always caused problems in the CIP process. PrePub Book Link has a totally new design that allows for Unicode compliance and correctly displayed diacritics. Not only will you be able to enter text with any diacritics much more easily, those diacritics will be correctly converted into the bibliographic record that links to your CIP data. It also means that when you receive the CIP data block for printing in the book, names and words in foreign languages will appear as they should.

Example with incorrectly displayed diacritics
Mythopoeèia : ou l'art de forger les "mythes" dans l'"aire culturelle" syro-mâesopotamienne, mâediterranâeenne et indo-europâeenne / by Jâerãome Pace.

Example with correctly displayed diacritics
Mythopoeïa : ou l'art de forger les "mythes" dans l'"aire culturelle" syro-mésopotamienne, méditerranéenne et indo-européenne / by Jérôme Pace.

March 15, 2019

The Library of Congress is going to be rolling out a series of posts every few weeks to describe, more in depth, some of the new features that you’ll see in PrePub Book Link.

PrePub Book Link has a completely modernized user experience and brings together the CIP and PCN Programs into one consolidated system. The entire look and feel of PPBL has been streamlined to be both user-friendly and more attractive. PPBL improves the functionality of the CIP and PCN applications while preserving the mission, which is to provide quality prepublication data to publishers.

As we get closer to our spring launch date, we’ll be adding more content that describes some of the key features and upgrades that publishers will experience. To whet your appetite a little, here are some of the topics we’ll be covering in future posts:

  • Self-service password resets
  • Enhanced ONIX integration for CIP
  • Updated galley and title page attachments
  • Individual accounts that can be linked to multiple publishers