Dates

For any product, ONIX allows you to set different dates for publication as well as delivery.

Dates in ONIX 3.0 are given in the PublishingDate composite and the SupplyDate composite. For compatibility reasons, Metabooks only supports some of the product dates possible in ONIX 3.0

Subsequently, you will find detailed descriptions of the date entries provided by Metabooks.

Publication Date

The publication date is the date on which a publication is released. As a rule, that is also the date from which the product is available to customers.

The publication date can be defined to the day, the month or the year. At the latest when the title is released, a precise day of publication should be specified. A specification to the month or year is primarily intended for pre-announcements, for which the exact publication date has not yet been determined.

Please note: once the publication date is reached, your product will automatically be listed as available, unless you specifically and explicitly inform us otherwise via e-mail to our customer service. Additionally, estimated prices are changed to actual prices. If you have not specified a particular day as the publication date, the last day of the specified month, or the las day of the specified year will trigger the automatic switch.

A specific publication day is to be entered as follows.

ONIX 3.0 Short
<publishingdate>
  <x448>01</x448>
  <b306 dateformat="00">20170822</b306>
</publishingdate>
ONIX 3.0 Reference
<PublishingDate>
  <PublishingDateRole>01</PublishingDateRole>
  <Date dateformat="00">20170822</Date>
</PublishingDate>

In the same fashion, you can also specify a particular month or year, although you will have to adapt the date format.

ONIX 3.0 Short
<publishingdate>
  <x448>01</x448>
  <b306 dateformat="01">201708</b306>
</publishingdate>
ONIX 3.0 Reference
<PublishingDate>
  <PublishingDateRole>01</PublishingDateRole>
  <Date dateformat="01">201708</Date>
</PublishingDate>

Day of first sale

By specifying a day of first sale (also called an embargo day), you inform the bookselling trade that the title is not to be sold before that day. Please specify a particular day as the day of first sale.

You can enter the day of first sale as follows.

ONIX 3.0 Short
<publishingdate>
  <x448>02</x448>
  <b306 dateformat="00">20170716</b306>
</publishingdate>
ONIX 3.0 Reference
<PublishingDate>
  <PublishingDateRole>02</PublishingDateRole>
  <Date dateformat="00">20170716</Date>
</PublishingDate>

Estimated day of delivery

The estimated day of delivery is the day when a product is first available for delivery to the merchants. This may refer to delivery by a book wholesaler or by the publisher. The estimated day of delivery is also to be specified if a product is temporarily out of stock or otherwise unavailable.

Whenever possible, please specify a particular day for this field. You may specify a particular month or year. This is not recommended.

Please note:

  • As soon as your title becomes available (availability status j396=20, 21, 22 or 23 resp. analogously j141 – see availability mapping), the estimated day of delivery will be removed from the title.
  • If your product is marked as unavailable (availability status j396=10, 11, 30, 31, 32, 33 or 34 resp. analogously j141 – see availability mapping:/recommendations-for-metabooks-onix-english-only/availability-and-publishing-status/), please enter an estimated day of delivery.

An estimated day of delivery is to be entered as follows.

ONIX 3.0 Short
<supplydate>
  <x461>08</x461>
  <b306 dateformat="00">20171010</b306>
</supplydate>
ONIX 3.0 Reference
<SupplyDate>
  <SupplyDateRole>08</SupplyDateRole>
  <Date dateformat="00">20171010</Date>
</SupplyDate>

Earliest Announcement Date

A title for which an Earliest Announcement Date has been specified may not be publicly announced before that date.

For a title notification to Metabooks, this means that only you, as the publisher, and no bookseller are able to see the title in Metabooks Online. Also, no data is distributed to the bookselling trade. The Earliest Announcement Date thus sets your title to the status of a concept; as long as that status persists, you can change any and all product data without notification to the bookselling trade.

Please always select a specific day as your Earliest Announcement Date.

Please note:

  • The Earliest Announcement Date may not be set later than the publication date.
  • The Earliest Announcement Date may not be set later than the day of first sale.
  • The Earliest Announcement Date may not be set later than the estimated delivery date.
  • The Earliest Announcement Date may not be earlier than the current day.

The Earliest Announcement Date is to be entered as follows.

ONIX 3.0 Short
<publishingdate>
  <x448>09</x448>
  <b306 dateformat="00">20170814</b306>
</publishingdate>
ONIX 3.0 Reference
<PublishingDate>
  <PublishingDateRole>09</PublishingDateRole>
  <Date dateformat="00">20170814</Date>
</PublishingDate>

Initial publication of the original work

The initial publication of the original work is the date on which the intellectual or artistic creation contained in the product was first made accessible to the public. The original work need thus not be in the same product language or product form as the product described.

Examples for the Initial publication of the original work:

  • For translations, the publication date of the first printed edition of the original work is to be specified.
  • If you are reprinting a historical publication, you need to specify the date on which the original manuscript was written.
  • For an audiobook, you would specify the publication date of the first printed edition in the original language.
    Please note: unlike ONIX 3.0 code list 163 for PublishingDateRole or x448, Metabooks does not distinguish between initial publication (code 11) and initial publication in the original language (code 20).

As an example, if the original publication of a product happened in 1963, the following entries would have to be made

ONIX 3.0 Short
<publishingdate>
  <x448>20</x448>
  <b306 dateformat="05">1963</b306>
</publishingdate>
ONIX 3.0 Reference
<PublishingDate>
  <PublishingDateRole>20</PublishingDateRole>
  <Date dateformat="05">1963</Date>
</PublishingDate>