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Genres! (233 new)
Mar 16, 2011 02:27PM

220 Jan wrote: "I think enough people differentiate between the two (three or more?) genres to allow them to be shown separately and load the correct books."

I haven't looked at numbers, but I'd be inclined to think as many people merge those particular genres (meaning sf/fantasy) as there are people who deliberately separate them. After finding a few books that blur the lines, I count "fruit" rather than "apples and oranges" separately.
Genres! (233 new)
Mar 16, 2011 02:20PM

220 This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For wrote: "For now, I'd put supernatural and paranormal next to each other, rather than one within the other. Neither is all encompassing because they are virtually synonyms, with the difference extremely subtle...."

Agreed. I would put them at the same level.
Mar 16, 2011 02:37AM

220 I'd be inclined to say no, it's not a valid NAB.

How can a title be copyrighted? Titles are repeated all the time.
Genres! (233 new)
Mar 16, 2011 12:12AM

220 This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For wrote: "Re: 26, The general categories would probably be something like "natural sciences", "social sciences" and "humanities"."

Those are probably better picks. "Humanistic sciences" didn't sound like the right term, but at the time I couldn't think of a better alternative.

Amanda (JT) wrote: "Speculative Fiction covers Science Fiction, Fantasy, as well as Horror (I think Alternative History is also included). I think it would be a good umbrella for those genres, personally."

I'm good with that hierarchy. If "science fiction", "fantasy", and "horror" are all also top-level genres, it shouldn't matter that they're grouped under "speculative fiction" rather than "fiction". Even if "speculative fiction" is a lesser recognized term.
Genres! (233 new)
Mar 15, 2011 05:48PM

220 Cait wrote: "I do think that some of the other non-fiction genres could be moved to under science; does anyone have hierarchy thoughts on non-fiction->specifics versus non-fiction->science->specifics? I'm inclined to move anthropology, psychology, and sociology from the current non-fiction list, and I'm sure there are others. (Physics? Astronomy? Math?) "

I wouldn't include math under a general science category. I'd rather see it be a category all it's own.

I wouldn't put anthropology, psychology, and sociology in the same bin with chemistry, physics, and astronomy. I'd tend to put anthropology, psychology, and sociology along with health and medicine. Hard sciences versus humanistic sciences.
Genres! (233 new)
Mar 15, 2011 05:41PM

220 Mayanka wrote: "2. I also don't think we should use shelves that span multiple genres in the hierarchy. For example, if one person has graphic-novels-and-manga and another person has graphic-novels-and-comics, how will we decide the parent genre? I think we should leave those shelves without parents. They can still be found in the master list: "

Would SF/Fantasy belong in the same category? If you're looking in a bookstore, the sections are usually merged. Should there be a parent that combines the two genres and then make the pure genres listed as sub-genres?
Feb 26, 2011 08:19PM

220 Yes, ASINs are exclusive to Amazon.
Feb 19, 2011 01:14AM

220 Looks like a cool resource, but I don't think this is a book in the traditional sense. I think it's essentially a blank journal. Not a book?
Feb 08, 2011 03:44PM

220 This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For wrote: "I believe the answer will be "no", but are there any good reasons to consider adding a second box/field for series numbering...a primary one for the "numbering" and a second one for "extra info", t..."

It looks cleaner that way. Not sure if it would otherwise help or hinder.
Feb 07, 2011 04:31PM

220 Ken-ichi wrote: "I'm still curious about the ancillary-material-in-a-series question, though. "

Isn't that almost series dependent? I know at least one series that only has one ancillary book, but there are obviously other series that have all sorts of ancillary material.

In an ideal world, I'd love three views of a given series. One that covers only the core books. A second that adds in the shorts. And a third that adds in anything even loosely related - including third party commentary on the series. Of course that doesn't handle series that branch off. You'd almost want more views to handle something like that.

If there are plans to eventually let us rate and review series, I think we'd want to rate and review the core series, not any of the ancillary material. So, from that point of view you'd want to separate off the ancillary material.
Feb 07, 2011 04:05PM

220 Personally, I like the way it's working now. Only showing whole numbers shows the main books, but hides shorts, omnibus editions, and other add-ons.

As for books that aren't ordered at all, just display the first 7 as they are listed on the series page.
Cover artists? (7 new)
Feb 05, 2011 02:27PM

220 Last I heard, we don't include cover artists in the author fields, but can include them in the description field.
Feb 04, 2011 10:35PM

220 I don't believe it is currently possible to merge lists. Sounds like that "it will be merged eventually" was wishful thinking.
Jan 31, 2011 10:25PM

220 They should be grandfather and grandson going by their names alone. It goes senior, junior, then the third. My brother-in-law has the silly naming convention going on in his family.
Jan 26, 2011 09:32PM

220 I kind of like it. It shows the non-bilingual reader what the second language is in a glance.
220 I think having a single thread would give us a cleaner interface, it would eliminates dead threads that have little archive value, and it would keep people from opening threads just to see that they've already been handled.

There were 12 such threads (from one user) the day I posted this suggestion. Those 12 threads could have been handled by one post in one thread.
220 Is there a particular reason why page numbering requests are the only thing we encourage multiple threads on? I think it would be more efficient to have one thread just like we do with "please delete this book", "this author needs help", and "please correct this quote".
Policing Quizzes (73 new)
Jan 20, 2011 02:23PM

220 I don't believe quizzes can be undeleted.
Jan 20, 2011 02:22PM

220 Cait wrote: "Under our current guidelines, a story published in a magazine (online or in any other format) should not be listed as a book; however, the same story put online by itself (or printed, recorded, or released in some format) would be listed as a book. "

That was my understanding. Online short stories are treated like eBooks. Magazines, on the other hand, are discouraged.
Jan 19, 2011 04:33PM

220 As far as I can tell, they broke up the book differently each time, therefore none of those can be combined.

It might be clearer if the same primary author was used for all editions. I'm not familiar enough with the work to know who is considered the primary author.

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