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Subject: Applying Book Reviews to ALL Versions of the Book?
Date Posted: 6/2/2014 12:52 PM ET
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I love PBS, but one of my peeves has always been that book reviews are applied ONLY to the edition of the book that you read (that specific ISBN).   However, I have a habit of frequently reading the newest book reviews, and have noticed recently that some seem to be applied to ALL editions of the book, not just one. 

So I'm wondering how they did it.   Is there a "buton" we can choose for this that I am missing?  Or are they literally pulling up each edition and pasting the same review?

Anyone know?

Date Posted: 6/2/2014 1:00 PM ET
Member Since: 1/17/2009
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I think if the book editions are linked properly in the PBS database, I believe that you see the same reviews (and also the same extra book information section stuff at the bottom of the page).

You can try to link books that are not linked by making a book edit and making sure that the title and the author of the different editions are exactly the same, but that only works sometimes and there is no way to deliberately link books together.

Or, I guess reviewers could be cutting and pasting their reviews themselves. If it's not happening automatically, nobody from PBS is doing it, that I know.

Date Posted: 6/2/2014 1:27 PM ET
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My guess is most are just copy/pasting their reviews. 

Date Posted: 6/2/2014 9:15 PM ET
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Sometimes I check the reviews of specific pbs members. A couple of them had the exact same review up twice. One for the paperback edition of the title and a seperat one for the Hardback edition. I assumed that was because they did them individually. I've been tempted to do that myself. I love a book so much I want to make sure that regardless of which edition a person prefers they can see my reveiw

Date Posted: 6/3/2014 7:01 PM ET
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As far as I know the only way is to copy it over yourself to other additions.

Date Posted: 6/9/2014 6:02 PM ET
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I recently started copying and pasting my reviews to other versions as this is a pet peeve of mine also.