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Feb 13, 2010 09:44AM

220 Oops, that's my fault. Someone else did the initial separating and fixing of those and I was going to do the translations because I'd done a lot of the combining for them the first time around. Then I got the flu and was sick for like a week and I completely forgot about it.

Sorry 'bout that!
Jan 25, 2010 07:55PM

220 Unless someone has messed with the numbering I did on the series before (which has happened a few times) you should be able to use the existing numbering already in place for other editions.

If not, there is a full list over in the Nora Roberts group.
Jan 08, 2010 06:14AM

220 Good point, was late and I was tired, forgot about how default Amazon images show.

The whole multiple cover images for 1 ISBN seems to a problem issue, though.
Jan 07, 2010 10:02PM

220 Maybe there should be a warning that pops up when someone tries to delete a cover image that points out that a cover may not be wrong, just a cover from a previous printing w/same ISBN and that if that is the case then an alternative cover edition should be created.
add an author? (10 new)
Jan 03, 2010 01:59PM

220 ISBN is a 10-digit number, and it's what was initially used as a book identifier. Books/publishers are now switching to an ISBN-13 (13-digits)...I think because of the growing number of books being published and the number of countries using the ISBN standard.
Dec 20, 2009 05:13PM

220 Deleted :)
Dec 20, 2009 02:45PM

220 Hmm, I think I'll leave them separate but put comments in the book descriptions about the other versions.

Thanks for the help, Rivka!
Dec 20, 2009 02:12PM

220 According to what one of my GR friends said in her review for book 1...the new one has different character names, is about 50 pages longer, but essentially contains the same storyline.

For book 2, the author says in a note in the beginning that the new version is nearly twice as long and has more mystery, action and adventure.
Dec 20, 2009 11:58AM

220 A few years back author Cheyenne McCray wrote the "Wild" series for e-publisher Ellora's Cave. Now she is rewriting those original stories, expanding them, adding more to the plot, changing character names and stuff like that for a mainstream publisher under the series name "Armed & Dangerous."

I'm not sure if these books should be combined with their originals or not. The old versions and new version are very different from each other in many ways, but the new are still based on the old and similar enough that some people who read the new ones and who didn't know they were rewrites were confused by the similarities to the old books.

What's protocol in situations like this?
Dec 19, 2009 10:24AM

220 Got 'em, Paula
Dec 12, 2009 08:31PM

220 Not sure if this is directly an issue related to the B&N imports, but I was playing around on GR today and found that an author with a 3-part name (Linda Lael Miller) had new imports from B&N that had the author listed at Linda Miller. I checked the B&N pages and they list the author's full name but for whatever reason, the GR book pages had the shortened one.

Not sure if maybe the data got updated on B&N post-GR importing, or if there's some sort of bug that imported the names wrong.
Dec 11, 2009 08:41PM

220 Deleted.
Dec 10, 2009 09:59PM

220 Otis wrote: "1. For images, replace with B&N, and let librarians fix any images that aren't perfect. From visual scans we've only found 1-2% of the images on B&N to differ from Amazons. We will have a source on images now so you'll know if it came from B&N or a librarian or Amazon."

I completely understand the desire to separate from Amazon because of the limits it places on the site.

I guess, just from experience using this site, Amazon, and B&N over the past 2 years, Amazon seems to handle data from the genre I read much better. From B&N, I've seen quite a few covers that are much poorer quality, much smaller in size, fewer available descriptions, less series info, etc.

So for me, the switch is a catch-22. But like I said, I can see the point. I just wish it didn't mean more librarian work needed to be done on books I read.
Dec 09, 2009 10:22PM

220 Are book cover images switching completely over to B&N? From experience, I've found B&N covers to be of lesser quality than Amazon, especially with regards to the image size.
Dec 05, 2009 09:34AM

220 Got it, Jessica!

And jeez...there were 4 editions of that book, and only 1 was valid. Deleted all but the real one.
Nov 29, 2009 08:29AM

220 I've come across ones that say something like "Thorndike Romantic Collection Large Print" and I just put Large Print in Edition for those because the other text has no value really.

But for the example Paule gave, the extra text gives descriptive indicators about the format of the book. I would be inclined to cut & paste the whole thing into Edition. If you put the other part in in the notes field, then someone just browsing the book won't see it and have no idea it's there. They'd have to go to the edit page to see if and most users don't do that.
220 There's a thread with someone having the same or a similar problem over in the Feedback group. The person said they keep changing a description and it keeps reverting back to one from Amazon with bad formatting and raw HTML.
Nov 14, 2009 08:17AM

220 Got the one from msg 498.
Nov 12, 2009 10:15AM

220 I'll work on the translations probably tomorrow night. I've got some sites bookmarked with translation info for her.

Thanks for working on that, Paula!
Nov 11, 2009 10:09PM

220 I just came across this because Trivia About My Books asked me about a book I'd never read...

But someone combined a whole bunch of Sandra Brown books that should not be combined. And I mean A LOT...several screens length.

I don't have time to work on it tonight so I'm passing it along to someone who is not so tired (I just got home from work). And unfortunately, there are a lot of translations in that group (which I spent a lot of time on a while back getting them combined). I can work on those again in the next day or two if someone can get the rest mostly sorted out.

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