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Subject: question for the experts about editing Mad Magazine books
Date Posted: 3/4/2013 2:25 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2009
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Looking to edit PBS info on several Mad Magazine books but I have some questions about the way PBS wants the titles done. I have seen several different methods, for example:

Utterly Mad: Mad Reader, Volume 4

Utterly Mad Book 4 (Mad Reader)

The Organization Mad (Mad Magazine)

The Organization Mad: Mad Reader, Volume 8

The Organization Mad (No 12)

The Organization Mad (Mad series No 12)

Also, as I understand it, the Mad Reader series are reprints of older books from the 1950s and 1960s. I have some that have Mad Reader in the PBS title, but the words Mad Reader do not appear anywhere on the actual book. Should these books still be labeled Mad Reader even though it doesn't say Mad Reader on the book?

Also, these books were published by more than one publisher, some of which numbered the books and some of which didn't.  The Warner books are numbered but the earlier Signet books are not. Should they be numbered in the title to agree with the Warner numbers?

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 3/5/2013 1:07 PM ET
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If the book isn't part of an actual series of books or doesn't list the series on the title, you shouldn't add that on the title line, although it can be mentioned in the Description area (title line: The Organization MAD, Description line: This is a Mad Reader book, volume 4.) 

If there isn't a consistent numerology to the series, again, I would not list it in the title line.

Barb S. (okbye) - ,
Date Posted: 3/5/2013 4:58 PM ET
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Also, these books were published by more than one publisher, some of which numbered the books and some of which didn't.  The Warner books are numbered but the earlier Signet books are not. Should they be numbered in the title to agree with the Warner numbers?

Wouldn't those books have different isbn numbers and thus separate listings?

Date Posted: 3/6/2013 6:47 AM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2006
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Gayle, you might want to consider joining the image and data edit volunteer teams.  There've been helpful discussions among team members on how to set up a book series.  Lots of good info to explore.  You could PM either Anna B. (classicana) or Sianeka if you're interested.

 



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