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message 1: by DragoonHP (new)

DragoonHP | 3 comments Are there any specific guidelines for adding books which have been divided in two parts?

For example, some LoTR box sets. In those, the three books are sub-divided into six books.


message 2: by Cait (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments Yes:

* Do not combine partial books with whole books or with different parts
* Do combine partial books with the same part

Are you looking for these editions?
https://www.goodreads.com/series/5808...


message 3: by DragoonHP (new)

DragoonHP | 3 comments Found hem: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Also, can you please explain both these rules? I'm not sure I understand.

Thanks for the response.


message 4: by Cait (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments Sure. For the rule about not combining partial books with the whole book, you can see that this book you've linked to is not combined with The Fellowship of the Ring or with the entire The Lord of the Rings. That's because this book, The Ring Sets Out, is only part of The Fellowship of the Ring. Since they have different content, they aren't listed as being editions of the same book. Likewise, The Ring Sets Out and The Ring Goes South are different books and are not listed as editions of the same books.

On the other hand, there are six editions of The Ring Sets Out which are combined with each other. Because these all have the same content, they are the same book.

Does that clarify?


message 5: by DragoonHP (new)

DragoonHP | 3 comments Yes. Thank you very much. :-)


message 6: by Henrique (new)

Henrique Ferreiro (hferreiro) | 5 comments Is there any more complete guidelines about series. I am trying to figure out how to add books to "A Song of Ice and Fire". There are 5 books, but in some editions, some of the books are splitted in several volumes. There seems to be the possibility of using "Series name #N part M/P" but I haven't seen it documented. They also seem to be added to different series which are really the same one but differ in the number of books. Any help on this?


message 7: by Cait (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments Henrique wrote: "I am trying to figure out how to add books to "A Song of Ice and Fire"."

Can you link to the specific books in question? That's a complicated series because it's been published in so many ways. Generally, whether a split book is listed in the original series with a #N part X/Y number or in a new series with a #N' number depends on how the publisher of the split books numbers the series.


message 8: by Empress (last edited Mar 06, 2014 11:25AM) (new)

Empress (the_empress) Henrique wrote: "Is there any more complete guidelines about series. I am trying to figure out how to add books to "A Song of Ice and Fire". There are 5 books, but in some editions, some of the books are splitted i..."

You can add them with letters and remove as primary books.

If you have book 1 split into two you can mark it as 1a and 1b added before book 1 or at the end of the series. If it is a prequel we usually mark it with 0.5, 0.6 and etc.

But as Cait said it depends on the series and how the books are split.

Henrique wrote: " I am trying to figure out how to add books to "A Song of Ice and Fire"."

Do you have a librarian account? Or are you wondering about the way to title the editions that you are going to add to the database?


message 9: by Cait (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments Ellie [The Empress] wrote: "If you have book 1 split into two you can mark it as 1a and 1b added before book 1 or at the end of the series."

No, please don't do that. Split books belong only at the end of the series listing; only short stories are added into the sequence. Also, the "part X/Y" notation is much clearer than "a", "b", etc., when the books may be split into different sized parts. For example, A Storm of Swords has been published split into two parts and also published split into three parts. If the first split books were not labelled "part 1/2" and "part 1/3" there would be no way to tell them apart in the series listing.


message 10: by Henrique (new)

Henrique Ferreiro (hferreiro) | 5 comments I am waiting for a librarian account. I wanted to fix https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... which has been assigned part 3 of "A Storm of Swords" but the books are only sold as a unit and the three share the same ISBN. Can any of you do that for me?


message 11: by Cait (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments Henrique, that edition looks like it matches to these two editions as parts 1 and 2, which do have separate ISBNs:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

If the one you linked to is actually a separate box set, do you know if there is a different book 3 which goes with these editions?


message 12: by Henrique (new)

Henrique Ferreiro (hferreiro) | 5 comments Cait wrote: "Henrique, that edition looks like it matches to these two editions as parts 1 and 2, which do have separate ISBNs:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...
https://www.goo..."


I think they must be wrong. All editions from Gigamesh in Spain are sold as a single set. There is a two volumes edition: http://www.gigamesh.com/coleccion.htm... and a three volume edition: http://www.gigamesh.com/coleccion.htm...

Searching for the ISBN of the first book you linked, I find references to the 2-volume edition. The second one has an invalid ISBN (just 12 digits).


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