Vicky Vicky's Comments (member since May 26, 2011)

Vicky's comments from the Goodreads Librarians Group group.

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Jun 28, 2015 05:05PM

220 I've added records for the other ISBN numbers and cleaned up the duplicate.

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Jun 24, 2015 02:57PM

220 done! :)
Jun 24, 2015 02:05PM

220 I'm going to vote for no.

With the Nook/Kindle/Kobo editions, their IDs denote that they are a specific format of the book. The link provided in the first post states that the book is available in Adobe Acrobat [.pdf], .mobi [the same format as Kindle without the DRM] and Epub [which is the basic ebook format anyway]... so it definitely doesn't have the same excuse. I know that ALl Romance uses ISBNs on other books, so I'm not sure what the purpose is of these not-ISBN numbers. The book you linked in the first post has an ISBN on Smashwords as does the book that the title not-ISBN corresponds to.

Also, because they are 14 characters long, the ISBN field will cut them off which would make things even more complicated.
220 The librarian manual used to be very wishy washy on single-issue comics, the actual wording being used was along the lines of "not encouraged." In a discussion years ago we had asked for the manual to be more clear cut about the issue of single-issue comic books and were more-or-less told that it was intentionally ambiguous. If Goodreads was neither willing to allow or not allow single-issue comics across the board, and especially if they were "unencouraged," it seemed like there was more behind the decision that the argument about whether or not a comic is a form of book that should be cataloged here. I've always felt that it was more the technological logistics that kept them from being officially accepted.

The lack of ISBNs is a logistical issue. Yes, we have pre-ISBN books and alternate cover books without ISBNs, but they are outliers. By accepting single-issue comics talking about the potential of hundreds of thousands of books with no uniquely identifying information. We've talked about using the ISSN before, but even the ISSN is not uniform across comics. Some publishers use them, some don't. Often times the ISSN is used for an entire run and pared with a date to differentiate it from the others.

Variant covers are a logistical issue. Yes, we make alternate covers all the time, but not at the same volume that comics produce variants. I've seen books with up to 7 variant covers. People who are reading comics will want to shelve the one they bought, so we can't allow single-issue comics and disallow their variant covers.

This is the clutter people are talking about. Regardless of whether you want to call it trash or treasure, we are talking about allowing a heretofore unencouraged type of publication that has the potential to add hundreds of hundreds of thousands entries into the database. Now, obviously it's not going to happen over night, but it's still an issue.

Search is an issue for comics. Right now you get 3258 results for "batman" without the addition of single issue comics. It's going to be tough for comic readers to find their editions and some will complain that the search needs to be fixed. The search already needs to be fixed for books and that's a priority.

Comics have lots of other pieces of author data that collectors want to keep track of - pencilers, inkers, colorists, cover artists. It's been policy that cover artists are not allowed on Goodreads. I don't at all think that cover artists have a place on fiction or non-fiction books, but they are an important piece of information for comic books. I don't think we can allow them for one and not the other.

While Goodreads does decently well at cataloging books, there are sites that already catalog comics better, like ComicBookDB that includes story arcs, links to any books the single-issue was collected in, and links to all single-issues in a collection.

Single-Issue comics will present a problem for librarians. For one, it will take years for all the librarians to realize that they are not allowed, and I guarantee there will be rogue librarians who delete them anyway. There may also be librarians who are unfamiliar with comics who think they're being helpful and make a mess of things (I personally will be awaiting the day that Batman #1 from 1940 ends up combined with Batman #1 from 2011).

Another logistical question is how this affects serialized mangas. Mangas are not generally released as single-issue comics like American comics. Instead chapters are released in monthly to weekly magazines that run multiple titles at a time (Shonen Jump is currently running 21 series in their magazine). The chapters run in the magazines are later collated into the trade versions of these titles. I feel like allowing single-issue comics books would force us to also include these (as the single-issue equivalent of manga), but that's pushing us really close to allowing magazines and that's ridiculous.

At any rate, the point of this was just to point out that allowing single-issues of comics to the database is about more than the legitimacy of comic books as a medium. There are other things to consider.
Jun 11, 2015 03:19PM

Jun 11, 2015 03:14PM

220 Vivian,

Goodreads policy is to not change covers on already published books, but we can add alternate cover editions for your new covers. If you can point us in the direction of your new covers (preferably your website, your publishers, or Amazon) we can add them for you.
Jun 11, 2015 02:57PM

220 Agreed, fixed it.
Jun 02, 2015 11:58AM

220 Confirmed and added!
220 Got 315.
Apr 03, 2015 06:02PM

220 Moved them to your profile.
220 276 - Done
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293 - Done
Apr 02, 2015 09:07PM

220 Combined.
Apr 02, 2015 09:06PM

220 Added the cover.

According to WorldCat, the publisher on the second on is also Kiseido, I fixed that.
Apr 02, 2015 08:57PM

220 We can't add a link, but I merged the edition you linked (with no identifying ASIN) with the edition that has the Kindle ASIN. The Amazon link should work now.
Apr 02, 2015 08:53PM

220 Added!
Apr 02, 2015 08:52PM

220 Fixed
Apr 02, 2015 08:51PM

220 Confirmed with WorldCat and added!
Apr 02, 2015 08:50PM

220 Fixed!

The video on the first page is relevant to one of Lauren's books.
May 27, 2014 11:12AM

220 Jennifer - if you let us know what changes need to be made, we can likely fix it up for you.

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