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Subject: Book data...the easiest way to change a bunch?
Date Posted: 11/11/2009 7:39 AM ET
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I have a series of books I would like to list. But, in order to do so, I'd prefer that the titles reflected that they are a series, i.e. Blah, Blah, Blah (So and So #1), etc. Personally, I find that info helpful when ordering, and presume others do as well, especially when the author has also written books that are not part of the series. Is than an easier/less time intensive way to do this other than going into each instance of a book and submitting a change? Do these changes get made even though they aren't "crucial?"



Last Edited on: 11/11/09 7:40 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/11/2009 8:31 AM ET
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Jodi,

Tags and the Book Wiki are a great way to indicate where a book falls in a series.

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 8:42 AM ET
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Thanks, Mary, I often use them. But I'm kind of anal in that when I look at shelves (or have people look at mine) - I like it to be obvious from the title that the book is a series. I prefer to read series books, and when shopping for a new author, will select a series over a stand alone because if I like it, I'm pretty sure there are more I will like as well, i.e., 18 out of the 19 books on the way to me are parts of different series!



Last Edited on: 11/11/09 8:44 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 11/11/2009 11:00 AM ET
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The Data Corrections team will be happy if you do take the time to put the series # in the title.  These will only be added, however, if submissions are made by members like yourself.  Sometimes, some of us will take on a series as a project and work on cleaning up all the book information in that series, but unless your series is part of a project like that, it likely won't get done unless members like yourself take on the chore...  We truly appreciate the help!

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 2:06 PM ET
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Thanks, Sianeka...that's what I feared! If I used a browser other than IE I'd do it in a heartbeat, but this site locks me up and I have to constantly restart so I'd have to find a day I was real patient! Wish there was an easy way, but this week it's a moot point as I was going to try one to see how long it took and got : We are currently doing some maintenance to this section of our site. Please check back next week.

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 3:03 PM ET
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Yes, I add the series names to book titles all the time. I usually do a little editing project if I post a book that doesn't have the info ... like the series, or is missing a description or picture. I will go off and do the whole series or maybe all the books by that author (if there isn't a huge list).

The data editing team usually gets it approved within a couple of days.

Right now, they are fixing some issues with the book data editing ... I think I have seen somewhere that it might be a week or so until its fixed.

Date Posted: 11/11/2009 4:24 PM ET
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Yes, Sara, it looks to possibly be a week before they get to the bottom of the data editing issue. Seems this bug has got long legs and reaches out into several areas!

Jodi, it is sooo much better if one person works on a set of books, because it's so great to have consistancy in a series. We work on lots of different ones, depending on our moods. If I may give you the recommended format for your title line, it would be appreciated to see you use it.

Book Title (Series, Bk 5) 

Please keep the name of the title & series as short as is logically possible. Don't abreviate the words to do so, but leave off things like Trilogy, Series, Saga, etc. Just put the name of the series by itself, and then the Bk #) You can also put this down in the Wiki on each of them which makes them searcheable and I beleive you can pull up all the books in a series using it. Haven't tried yet, but I think that was mentioned when I was talking to someone working on the Wiki from PBS (or I imagined it in one of my med induced lalaland trips :)

The reason I mention not abreviating words. I just last week had someone order a book off my shelf that I hadn't gotten around to noticing it needed fixed. I have no idea how they figured out they wanted the book because the title was:  HCHCK SEC HAUNTED MIRROR  the correct title should be:  The Secret of the Haunted Mirror (Alfred Hitchcock)

Also notice, it was incorrectly put in all caps, which we change to normal initial caps whenever we can.

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 11/12/2009 6:14 PM ET
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Book data editing function is up and working again!!!