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Subject: Can we modify the secondary genres of books?
Date Posted: 3/17/2008 7:46 PM ET
Member Since: 5/10/2005
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I just received a book and was very surprised to discover it was text, since two of the genres it is listed in are Manga--which are graphic novels, not just text.

When I went to Edit Book Data only the first genre was listed as modifiable, and that one is fine.  It's the highly misleading last couple that I think should be removed, because they are inaccurate.  Yes, there was an anime based on the book, but the book itself is not manga.

I left a review to warn others, but I'd like to submit a request to have the book listing itself changed.

Date Posted: 3/17/2008 11:55 PM ET
Member Since: 11/14/2005
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The database can now only have changes made to one genre & one sub-genre beneath that. Books come from another source with multiple genres, but PBS editing only allows the main + 1 sub.

It's really a disservice to the categorizing of the books, because many books belong in multiple genres and it is very misleading and poor information to exclude the others. BUT, I don't get to make the rules, and those who do, didn't ask my opinion on it. I gave it anyway, but unsolicited opinions are too often ignored hahahaha

There's not a thing wrong with listing the multiple genre information in the book description. People put extra information in kids books all the time. Grade/Reading levels, etc.

Oh, and btw, when you edit the book data, ONLY the genre that you select and the sub genre below it will remain after the data submission is approved. I forgot to mention that. If you are wanting to remove the misleading extra genres, all you have to do is edit the book data and the rest of them will be removed. I just realized I think I answered your question slightly wrong.

Last Edited on: 3/17/08 11:57 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
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Date Posted: 3/18/2008 4:24 AM ET
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You might want to do a book review on it, also--that will clarify any confusion for anyone who reads them.  :)

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 9:17 AM ET
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In this case clearly the label is wrong.  It's like labeling a book as large print only because the title page was done in a bigger font.  I'd email someone about that.

Date Posted: 3/18/2008 12:55 PM ET
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There's no need to email anyone, she can easily remove the 2nd two genres by editing the book. When you edit a book, it only retains the one genre you give it, so the two misleading genres will disappear when she edits the book. Very easily done.

The first part of my answer above, I thought she WANTED to add extra genre, then saw that she wanted the extra genres removed. And so I addressed that in the second half. To remove extra genre, you simply edit the book data information, and when it is approved, it will then only hav ethe 1 genre & it's sub-genre that you choose when you edit it. Problem gone :)