18(b) How do you expect that your proposed gTLD will benefit registrants, Internet users, and others?

Prototypical answer:

gTLDFull Legal NameDetail
.bookGlobal Domain Registry Pty LtdView

BENEFITS TO REGISTRANTS AND INTERNET USERS

The following four goals have been identified as goals of the .book TLD:

WIDER CHOICE OF STRING

The .book TLD will provide registrants within the publishing industry with a wider choice of domain name availability. The increased volume and clutter within existing TLDs has resulted in many strings becoming unavailable due to multiple competing interests seeking the same or similar strings. The result has been a dilution of choice and a necessity to settle for less-than-optimal domain name registrations. As book titles are constructed with marketing potential in mind, the lack of domain name availability within the current gTLD environment has significantly limited options for the representation of book titles within the online environment.

Such problems are addressed by the TLD expansion program, and the .book TLD will benefit publishers through an increased availability of domain names.

IMPROVED RECALL OF MESSAGE
The increased availability of domain names will benefit publishers in their attempts to streamline marketing messages for new publications. Not only will offline marketing messages be easier to recall with a domain name that provides an exact parity to the book title, but further benefits will be realised through the increased potential for a book’s website to be found via direct navigation within the online environment. This will of great benefit to internet users and registrants as the purpose of most book related websites is to promote the book itself. The more internet users navigating to the site, the better the opportunity for the registrant.

IDENTIFIABLE ONLINE DESTINATION

The .book TLD will create a valuable online location for content related to books and other published material. The registrant eligibility criterion supports this value proposition. By limiting eligibility to entities with an ISBN, the .book TLD will quickly become the authoritative online location of book-related material presented by the publishing industry. This maintains a standard of purpose for the TLD.

The integrity of the .book TLD will be maintained through the provision of second level domain names to authentic and established publishers. This will in-turn build trust and validation for the content that is presented under the .book TLD.

Currently book names are competing for URLs in crowded TLDs such as .com. Even if a book secured a representative URL, it would not be identified as a book without adding some reference in the URL. Take for example the recent book Private Games by James Patterson. The obvious URL for .com is www.privategames.com. However, this takes the user to an adult entertainment site. If the publisher attempts to identify the URL as representative of a book, using www.privategames-book.com, or www.privategamesthebook.com, neither is an established protocol and is therefore unlikely to aid in navigation, nor add to the user’s confidence in the content they will find. Under the .book TLD, the URL can be www.privategames.book, which is clearly representative of the product segment, is easier to recall and clearly builds trust in the content that is presented underneath the TLD.

REPUTATION AS A RELIABLE ONLINE DESTINATION

The .book TLD will appeal to publishers through the provision of a dedicated, authoritative namespace that increases the likelihood of domain name registration that is in parity with a book title or series. The end user public will be easily able to find relevant content under the domain. These attributes combine to create a reputation for .book as a useful, reliable and easily located online space.

User experience under the .book TLD will reflect the TLD’s reputation as a valued source of book and publishing related content. The eligibility criterion has been established to ensure the support of this value proposition. The hurdle of an eligibility requirement will serve to maintain the integrity of those applying domain names under the .book TLD, ultimately increasing the commercial value of domain names registered in comparison to non-restricted generic TLD namespaces.

For general Internet users, the industry-focused nature of the TLD is likely to further increase direct navigation to .book domains, as users will be able to navigate to content under the TLD knowing that material presented on a web site is related to it.

ANTICIPATED CONTRIBUTION TO THE CURRENT SPACE

IMPROVED COMPETITION

The .book TLD will add a significant level of competition to the market for domain registrations, given that the publishing industry currently gravitates to the crowded .com TLD as the default domain name for online identification and marketing. The introduction of the .book TLD will improve competition within the domain space through the provision of a relevant, intuitive TLD option that addresses the challenge of availability for businesses within the publishing industry.

DIFFERENTIATION

The .book TLD is differentiated from market-dominant existing TLDs through its targeted alignment with the publishing industry. Through the introduction of restricted eligibility criteria, the .book TLD will deliver authority and trust for content delivered to the publishing industry that is not currently experienced in the gTLD space.

The .book TLD will create an internet sphere completely dedicated to the printed word. This unique focus sets it apart from existing TLDs and delivers a clear and succinct value proposition to the intended audience.

Over time, the eligibility criteria will enhance public acceptance of the .book TLD as the only validated namespace for the publishing industry.

REGISTRATION POLICIES IN SUPPORT OF THE .book TLD

Registrations will be provided under .book upon provision of an ISBN and additional non-sensitive information pertinent to the registration. In addition to standard information relating to registrant identity being collected, registrants will be obliged to provide information such as book title, publication date and genre.

Underpinning the integrity of the information collected is the requirement that each registrant confirms that the information provided is true and correct. This will form a key part of the TLD’s eligibility criteria.

Registrations where multiple entities seek identical domains, and where each holds an appropriate ISBN (e.g. different product with identical title), will be determined by auction during sunrise and landrush (as described in response to Question 29) on a first-come, first-served basis during general availability.

PROTECTION OF PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

In support of and to remain consistent with its mission and purpose, the protection of privacy and confidential information will be a priority in the .book TLD. As this TLD will be operated from Australia, compliance will be maintained with all relevant Australian State and Commonwealth legislation, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth) and the National Privacy Principals (Commonwealth). Further to this, all security measures, policies and practices required by ICANN under the registry agreement will be implemented in the .book TLD.

To reinforce the position of the .book TLD, a comprehensive Privacy Policy will be developed and implemented to ensure the personal data of Internet users is protected. Registrars will be required to obtain the consent of Registrants in their Registration Agreements to use registration information in the operation of the registry, for disclosure to ICANN, or in response to a request from a law enforcement agency. The Registration Agreement will be supported by and will make reference to the Privacy Policy of this TLD, which will require that measures be put in place to prevent the disclosure of registrant contact information to third parties other than through Whois or in compliance with contractual obligations to ICANN and instructions received from validated law enforcement agencies. These disclosure mechanisms, which are intended to prevent and mitigate abuse in the TLD, are described in detail in the response to Question 28.

Consistent with Specification 4 of the Registry Agreement, a publicly available Whois service will be provided to enable Internet users to query a domain name’s registrant, contact details and status. Users will be required to abide by terms and conditions relating to the appropriate use of this facility.

OUTREACH AND COMMUNICATIONS ACTIVITIES

The .book TLD will be supported by a marketing strategy that will raise awareness and understanding of the TLD within the pre-determined registrant audience of the publishing industry. Marketing is expected to comprise of above the line initiatives such as advertising through publishing industry appropriate forums and channels. Supporting above the line activities will be below the line activities including direct mail while sponsorship and Public Relations will also play an important role in building a connection between the .book TLD and the publishing industry.

A number of publishing industry trends seen in recent years serve to support the TLD. The growth in self-publishing and the shifts in consumer-fronting sales channels have contributed to making the industry more amenable to the initiatives of individuals as content producers. In response, a number of influential industry participants have implemented technologies to meet these changes. Self-publishing tools provided by mainstream book sellers and other industry participants is an important example. The .book TLD and its benefits will be marketed to such operators, with outreach efforts in these cases aimed at promoting registrations as part of standard marketing following book production.

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