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Book title (editing books)

The title field is used for the title of the book and for the subtitle if the book has one. Other information, such as binding, edition number, or language, should be moved out of the title field into fields specific to that information. Series information may be included in the title field as well. This is optional, but if series information is included, it should follow standard formatting. (See below.) If correct series information has been added to the title field, do not remove it from the book record - the more complete the book data, the better.


The title should match the title shown on the cover of the book, if that information is available. If a title includes accented characters, apostrophes, quotation marks, or punctuation, include these in the title. Do not remove definite or indefinite articles such as "the" from the beginning of titles; this is handled by the sort title, which is a different field (see below). Double-check the spelling!

The title should be capitalized according to standard title capitalization for the language of the edition. Preferred title capitalization in English is the use of capital letters for the principal words. Only use sentence capitalization, all uppercase, all lowercase, or other capitalization if the book specifies it. Note that many titles appear to be in all uppercase or lowercase letters on the cover but are not otherwise capitalized this way, and that therefore the cover is used for the words of the title but not necessarily the capitalization.

      Examples of titles:
      Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
      Guards! Guards!
      À la recherche du temps perdu
      Der Sommer der silbernen Stute


The subtitle should also match the cover of the book. Bear in mind that books are sometimes republished with different subtitles, so a subtitle for one edition should not be assumed to be present on all editions. When a book has a subtitle, the subtitle should be separated from the main title by a language-appropriate separator (in English or if the separator is unknown, use a colon) and a single space. The phrase "A Novel" is not considered a subtitle. The phrase "A Novel Of {Something}" or "A {Something} Novel", where {something} is the book's series, should be considered a series indicator rather than a subtitle, and so it should not be present in the title field except as part of the series (see below for series).

      Examples of subtitles:
      Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
      Ghosts of Gettysburg: Spirits, Apparitions and Haunted Places of the Battlefield
      Alice und das Land im Nadelöhr. Die weiteren Abenteuer von Alice im Wunderland
      Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War

      Among the Living: A PsyCop Novel


If a title is given in non-roman characters (kanji, Cyrillic script, etc.) and a transliteration in roman characters is available, the transliteration can be placed in square brackets after the title and any subtitle; this is optional. Do not provide a translation in the title field.

      Examples of transliterations:
      エア・ギア 1 [Ea Gia 1] (Air Gear #1)
      Дверь в лето [Dverʹ v leto]
      夏への扉 [Natsu e no tobira]


Series should always be created separately. (See here for more information.) Currently, the series display is not complete across the website, and therefore series information may be repeated in the title field; this is optional. Again, please do not remove series data from the title field if it has already been added!

Place the series information in parentheses after the title and any subtitle or transliteration. If the book is numbered in the series, place the number after the series name with the # symbol in front of it. (Use the same conventions for series numbering in titles as is used in the series object.) Previous conventions used a comma after the series name and before the number; this is also acceptable. If formatted in this fashion, the parenthetical part of the title will be replaced by the actual series object's name and number on the book page as a link to the series.

      Examples of series mirrored in titles:
      Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
      Among the Living (PsyCop #1)

An exception to this is when the series name is the primary or only title. In this case, the title may be formatted with series name and number as the title (the number may be written out to match the title as shown on the edition) and any additional title text as the subtitle.

      Examples of books with the series as the primary title:
      My Brain Hurts, Volume One
      Gunsmith Cats: Bonnie & Clyde
      Methods of Modern Mathematical Physics, Vol. 1: Functional Analysis
      Inside Microsoft SQL Server 2008: T-SQL Programming
      The Best American Short Stories 2005       Amazons II

omnibus/boxed sets

At times multiple books may be released as an omnibus (multiple books reprinted in one book) or a boxed set. If multiple books have been reprinted together which are not part of a series and the edition does not have its own title, all of the included titles should be listed in the title field. When titles are listed, the preferred separator is a space, a forward slash, and another space; other acceptable separators are commas and ampersands. If the edition has a separate title, the list of included titles may be treated as a subtitle or it may be omitted (if it is omitted, this information should be listed in the book description field). (In addition, "Omnibus" or "Boxed Set" may be added to the 'edition' field.)

      Examples of books in omnibus/boxed set editions:
      Alice in Wonderland / Black Beauty
      The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection
      The Scarpetta Collection: Postmortem / Body of Evidence
      Goosebumps House of Horrors Boxed Set
      Seeker's Bane
      The Fairy Charm Collection, Vol 3
      XXXHolic, Volumes 1-3