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Subject: How do Books Get on Author's List
Date Posted: 2/23/2008 9:15 AM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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I am a huge Trollope (Anthony) fan and have noticed not all my Trollope's that I have posted are listed when you click on his name.  I mean the list that comes up by publishing date with the red ones being not available and the green ones available.  The three missing books are: An Autobiography, Miss MacKenzie, and Nina Balatka.  When I do a search at the top of the page the books do come up.  So...how does the author's list get established?

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 2:09 PM ET
Member Since: 8/27/2005
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I'm not sure about this, I know the book databases come from other sources but the "available" books specifically refer to PBS.  I'm sure it has something to do with different ISBNs but that doesn't help very much--maybe this is a question for Sherry and her book info editing expertise?  I wonder if this a widespread issue, I frequently look by author to see if other editions of my wishlist books are available.

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 2:36 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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Is the name spelled exactly the same on the one's that are missing? I know they've been working hard to get author's names cleanup because the difference in the way the name is listed can cause problems like this one.

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 3:55 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Melanie has hit the nail! If there is any difference in the author's name: a space, period, misspelling, etc, they will show on their own author's listing, and not the main author's listing.

Members can correct these differences by finding the books and submitting data corrections, using the drop down arrow on the the upper right corner of the books description and selecting "Edit Book Data".

These submissions will need to be approved by a Data Team Volunteer Approver before showing. This approval process can take up to 7-10 days depending on how many approvers volunteer how much time during any given week.

If you put specific ISBNs and a full author's name here, I can tell you what the problems are with each.

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 11:11 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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I tried looking at the author names and couldn't see a difference in the spelling of the name but here are the books all by Anthony Trollope:

An Autobiography  ISBN: 0-14-043811-4

Nina Balatka ISBN: 0-14-043820-3

Miss Mackenzie ISBN:  0-14-043818-1

Any help would be appreciated! 

 

Janice

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 11:24 PM ET
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I'd send feedback through Contact Us Janice. It looks to me like their Author tables aren't populating right or something. Even when you link the author from your shelf the book doesn't appear. That does seem like something isn't working right.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 12:08 AM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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Ok, I admit defeat. I find no difference in the author listings in these 3 books, yet they do not appear on his listing when brought up by any other book, AND, even worse, they do not appear in the listing THEY bring up! hahhahaha

I'll send this in to Robert to see if he can slueth out the reason.

ETA: Melanie, wasn't mean to seem to override you, I got interrrupted before I finished this and you answered while I was interrupted :)



Last Edited on: 2/24/08 12:10 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/24/2008 1:23 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2007
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Thank you Melanie and Sherry for your help!  I was puzzled.  I love the baby pictures! 

 

Janice