Recently CDN Publishing agreed to acquire the world paper money catalogs edited by Owen Linzmayer and published under the name of The Banknote Book. In this new Greysheet blog article, Patrick Ian Perez lays out the product development roadmap.
Now that CDN's acquisition of The Banknote Book (BNB) is widely known, there has been much discussion and anticipation by legacy subscribers. We would like to lay out the
roadmap of our future plans and goals so subscribers can get understand the concrete steps we are taking. This discussion is open to feedback so we can publicly discuss the future of BNB and make this the world's greatest "living" catalog of world paper money.
Our first and primary goal is the conversion of all the data contained in the hundreds of individual PDF chapters into a single database format. What will that allow us to do for subscribers?
Enhanced search capabilities via an online pricing and identification tool: When all information is digitized, users will have a powerful online search tool that unlocks vast possibilities. With a standard browser, users can look up notes by catalog number, country, issuer, date, denomination, and variety in any combination. Thus, if one wants to see all 100 francs issues of Switzerland, the search terms would simply be
Switzerland 100 francs. If the user only wanted to see the 100 francs of 1964 the search would be
Switzerland 100 francs 1964. If the user already knew the catalog number and just wanted to quickly check the price the search would be
Switzerland B334f. The search will return the note listings and images, and clicking through to the individual note will show all relevant description information and pricing. The online tool will also allow a
breadcrumb style of search, by clicking through the menus by country, then issuer, then to the note. This is helpful for those who wish to see all notes from a given issuer or time period.
We are planning a dedicated mobile app to access the content in the same way as the online pricing tool. The database format will allow users to search and lookup all notes using a fast, easy to use mobile app. The app will also feature a robust search function and will make looking up note prices faster than scrolling through chapters online. Subscribers can currently use the Greysheet mobile (and tablet) app to access BNB chapters, which works particularly well on the tablet version.
Some legacy subscribers have lamented the inability to download chapters. While this can still be done through July 1, 2021, via Content Shelf, legacy subscribers can also request this feature on the Greysheet.com web site (email firstname.lastname@example.org ). Requests must be approved by CDN Publishing administrators and may be denied in the future if we suspect PDF's are being shared or used unscrupulously. This is not a long-term solution, nor will it automatically be granted, or extended in perpetuity. We are, however, working on a solution.
Many users have stated they print the BNB pages for keeping inventory. We are developing a way to offer this functionality without allowing the unauthorized sharing of valuable BNB PDF chapters. In the future, catalog contents will be available to download in a modified format: the file will contain all information needed to identify and catalog notes, such as the BNB number and all variety information as it appears now. It will also include the signature tables and introductory and issuer text. It will not contain note images or pricing. This way, collectors will always have a handy printed reference.
SINGLE CHAPTER SUBSCRIPTIONS
We are focused on selling subscriptions to the entire catalog, but we understand some collectors only collect individual countries. While we are not setup to allow purchases of single chapters at the moment our long-term solution is a print-on-demand solution (see below).We will work with our printing partners to allow collectors to order single physical copies of a chapter in either high-quality book or magazine format.
BNB CATALOG NUMBER ADOPTION
Having the BNB content in a database gives us the ability to deliver it to major auction houses and third-party grading services and be compatible with their internal systems. Our experience in this area is vast, and we fully plan to work tenaciously with these firms to adopt BNB catalog numbers for attribution in their auction catalogs, grading slabs, etc. to ensure The Banknote Book becomes the new standard reference for the hobby.
Some have asked how they will know when a chapter is updated; the answer is they will be continually updated. Owen has kept a very accurate and amazing log of changes for each chapter, but PDFs are static, and the database is dynamic. Going forward any and all new issues and varieties will still be posted at www.banknotenews.com, a site all users should be familiar with. When a new variety or issue is added to a chapter, a new PDF will be uploaded, and these additions will simultaneously show in the online tool and the mobile app. Everything will be in sync without the need for tedious downloads.
See the complete article online for more information on
print on demand,
advertising & sponsorship opportunities,
and a price freeze for legacy subscribers.
When John Feigenbaum acquired the Coin Dealer Newsletter, it was a sleepy decades-old print publication, and CDN Publishing brought it into the 21st century with a new technology vision. Users of The Banknote Book and the collecting community at large will benefit from the new technology platform as well. We'll look forward to reporting future developments.
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To read the complete article, see:
The Banknote Book: Product Development Roadmap
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
CDN PUBLISHING ACQUIRES THE BANKNOTE BOOK
NOTES FROM E-SYLUM READERS: JUNE 6, 2021 : More on The Banknote Book
Wayne Homren, Editor
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