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Subject: What Title Format Should be used for Books in a Series?
Date Posted: 11/30/2011 4:52 PM ET
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 For Example,

From the Authors Site
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Destroyermen: Into the Storm (Book 1)
Destroyermen: Crusade (Book 2)
Destroyermen: Maelstrom (Book 3)
Distant Thunders: The fourth thrilling adventure in the Destroyermen series.
Destroyermen: Rising Tides (Book 5)
Destroyermen: Firestorm (Book 6)

From PBS for HardBacks
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Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book I
Crusade: Destroyermen, Book II (Destroyermen)
Maelstrom (Destroyermen, Bk 3)
Distant Thunders (Destroyermen, Bk 4)
Rising Tides (Destroyermen, Bk 5)
Firestorm: Destroyermen
Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen

From PBS For PaperBacks
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Into the Storm (Destroyermen, Bk 1)
Crusade: Destroyermen, Book II
Maelstrom (Destroyermen, Bk 3)
Distant Thunders: Destroyermen
Rising Tides: Destroyermen

 


Now, What Formatting Style do you prefer for title and information?

Option 1 (Authors Site Format Fixing Book 4 and adding Yet to be published Book 7)
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Destroyermen: Into the Storm (Book 1)
Destroyermen: Crusade (Book 2)
Destroyermen: Maelstrom (Book 3)
Destroyermen: Distant Thunders (Book 4)
Destroyermen: Rising Tides (Book 5)
Destroyermen: Firestorm (Book 6)
Destroyermen: Iron Gray Sea (Book 7)

 
Option 2 (My Preferred Format)
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Into the Storm (Destroyermen, Bk 1)
Crusade (Destroyermen, Bk 2)
Maelstrom (Destroyermen, Bk 3)
Distant Thunders (Destroyermen, Bk 4)
Rising Tides (Destroyermen, Bk 5)
Firestorm (Destroyermen, Bk 6)
Iron Gray Sea (Destroyermen, Bk 7)


Option 2 (No Parenthetical, Roman)
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Into the Storm: Destroyermen, Book I
Crusade:  Destroyermen: Book II
Maelstrom: Destroyermen Book III
Distant Thunders: Destroyermen Book IV
Rising Tides: Destroyermen Book V
Firestorm: Destroyermen Book VI
Iron Gray Sea: Destroyermen Book VII

Some Other Variation?

 

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 5:41 PM ET
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Personally I find option 2 to be the least confusing, and would be the way I would likely search for a book so it makes it easier to find if that is the format.

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 5:43 PM ET
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I think this is the format PBS prefers: Maelstrom (Destroyermen, Bk 3)

There used to be an ongoing thread with people updating series listings in an effort to make all the books in a series connected and uniform.  But the woman directing it passed away. No one picked up the mantle. She was on the Data Editing Team and there was a whole list of how they wanted listings to look, how to add large print, audio cd or cassette, abridged, unabridged, series info etc..,  Anyway: the above is how they had the series info listed. I think it also depends on what's on the cover. 

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 5:57 PM ET
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Mary has it right.

That's the preferred way. That's the way the Book Data Editing team is still doing it.

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 6:01 PM ET
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I much prefer option 2.

I know that I sometimes see variations of the above options here on PBS and do wish it was more uniform.  I know sometimes the series name is not even included, and that makes it confusing, especially when the author writes more than one series and you are unsure to which series a book belongs.  I find myself going to the author's sites to verify often, and wish I didn't have to take that extra step.  However, I know the book data edit people here have a lot to do.

Date Posted: 11/30/2011 6:40 PM ET
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Option 2.  Here's a link to a thread which describes how to edit book titles, etc.  http://www.paperbackswap.com/Want-Help-Data-Images-Find/topic/60867/#p1213527

Yes, Sherry passed away.  Very sweet lady and helped me with the approving process. Anna and Robin are the coordinators.



Last Edited on: 11/30/11 6:45 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 11/30/2011 10:05 PM ET
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Sheila, you can help the data editing team by submitting the corrections yourself.  Everytime I see a book with errors, I try to submit a data edit.  I haven't lately, but I used to just take 10 or 15 minutes here and there and look up a series and submit data edits to make them all match.

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 10:07 AM ET
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I am like Mary, when I see something that is inconsistent or missing information, I will submit a Data Edit for it. When I request a book that does not have a book description or other missing info, I will always look it up and add it so that when I relist the book, all the info is there and it is more likely to be requested.

In answer to the original question, I prefer Into the Storm (Destroyermen, Bk 1) which is also the way PBS prefers it.

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 1:03 PM ET
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I have been Doing Edits as i See Them,

It is Quite Frustrating Some times... Especially when you are trying to figure out in what order to get a series to not have the ordinal in the title...

I was getting ready to fix it, then i found myself wondering if there was a Standard for Books or a Seperate Standard for Hard Back Books.

Date Posted: 12/1/2011 2:13 PM ET
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Nope, there's not a different standard. You can submit the changes away!

If I see a problem, I submit the data changes too. If I have to look for the trouble to look stuff up, I'd like it to be useful to PBS too! :)