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Subject: any way to add to listing that a paperback (or hardcover) version exists?
Date Posted: 8/14/2009 12:58 AM ET
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Is there any way, using the "edit book data" link or otherwise, to add that there exists a paperback version of a hardcover book (or vice versa)?

I know that some book description pages do have the "other versions of this book" link ... but I have run across several that don't, when I know that the other version exists. It would be nice to be able to have that info added, to help others searching for the book.

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 2:45 AM ET
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If the two names vary at all, such as Mary L. Smith and Mary L Smith, then the system does not link them.  (See that tiny period?)  Or even Mary Lee Smith.  You can edit the book info so all versions have the same correct spelling.  Or you can add a tag. 

There is a whole project under Member Tools on the page bottom to correct the database.  It is "Approve Book Authors".

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 12:41 PM ET
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sometimes the author's names are exactly the same and they still aren't linked.

sometimes I do "Edit Book Data" and in the top field I will ask them to like to the other copies (I give them the ISBNs) but I don't know if this is the preferred way to do this.

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 6:18 PM ET
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Sara, that's better than anything I'd been able to come up with so far, so thanks!

edited to add: WHOOPS! I thoughtlessly posted while my niece had HER account open on my computer ... so this is really from Shadygrove, original poster in this thread.



Last Edited on: 8/14/09 6:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/14/2009 9:48 PM ET
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Other than editing the book data - the next best thing to help people searching for different versions would be to tag the book with the ISBN of the different binding or date of publication.  It's worked for me when I was trying to get a book I had on my shelf that had lots of people on the only other version listed.  If there aren't too many tags on a book's page, the tags will get noticed.

Ruth

Date Posted: 8/15/2009 2:03 AM ET
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Sara, adding the request to link the books in the "edit data page" does no good at all. We approvers of book data have no ability to change the database in that way, and that's the only people that see info in that box. The first thing to do, as suggested above, is to make absolutely certain that the authors name is exactly (spaces, commas, etc) the same. And then, if the still do not come up all on the author's page and linked, then try sending in Feedback using the button on the Contact Us page listed below the Company heading at the bottom of all pages.

There is still no guarantee that they will take care of it, as the programmers and site Team members often have way to many things on their To-Do lists that take a lot greater preference than connecting an author's books up.

The best solution is always to use the tags after you have done the above, so that others will see that they are connected. You could start a tag something like "Other books by "author's name" not connected. And add this tag to the other books by this author that are not connected. I think it would work anyway. Atleast it sounds good in my head :)



Last Edited on: 8/15/09 2:04 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/15/2009 2:19 AM ET
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Thanks for letting us know that Sherry.

I would much rather prefer to be able to link the books myself (and have them go thru the Book Data approval process, of course), rather than have to ask thru Feedback or the Book Data page (although I won't do that anymore, since I guess it won't work efficiently).

It would be nice if it was possible to have the programmers add a new field to the Book Edit page for this. That way the members would likely be doing it for them, and the programmers would be on to more important things!



Last Edited on: 8/15/09 2:20 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/15/2009 3:52 AM ET
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I would imagine, based on my knowledge of databases, a book data approver would have to have access directly to the database to make this connection, and there's no way they are going to give access directly to the database to us.

And just to make sure we are on the same page, you said "Book Data page (although I won't do that anymore, since I guess it won't work efficiently)"  it is not that it doesn't work efficiently, it doesn't work at all. It's like posting it to me in a PM or posting it here in the forums, no one sees it that can do anything with it.  The way you worded that read to my mind, that it was just not very efficient or effective, when it is NOT AT ALL, not just "not very". Sorry if I was clarifying what did need to be, but I was reading as possibly someone else might read your comment.