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message 1: by Martini (new)

Martini (shakenorstirred) | 71 comments I just wanted to add an ebook that was not yet in the database, when I realized that it has no author. The publishers website does not list one (https://www.m-vg.de/riva/shop/article...), and even the German National Library's entry does not list an author, just the publisher as an "Organisation" (https://portal.dnb.de/opac.htm?method...+).

Should I do the same as the GNL and add the publisher as the author, or should I just add "Unknown Author" to the author field?


message 2: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42444 comments Mod
Those are the two choices. Either is ok, but most would use the publisher name when that of an individual author is unknown.

By the way, that ISBN is for the hardcover: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/3868837205

There is a Kindle edition as well, though.


message 3: by Martini (new)

Martini (shakenorstirred) | 71 comments Thanks for your reply, rivka.
There are actually three editions: hardcover, kindle and ebook. I'll add all three of them with the publisher as the author, then.


message 4: by Sadie (new)

Sadie Borghesi (maplemeridethmolly) | 3 comments I have a small children's book that I just bought today at a used bookstore. It is based on a cartoon, and the cartoon is based on "The Return of The King" by J.R.R. Tolkien, but the book does not specify the author. Should I say that the author is J.R.R. Tolkien, or the author of the cartoon, or should I put the name of the publisher, as you suggested to the person above?
Also, it is a book with a record(intended to read along with). In the section that asks for the format, should I list it as a book, an audiobook, audio cassette, etc., or should I select "Other" and type in "Book with Audio Record"?
Thank you in advance for any advise or suggestions.


message 5: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42444 comments Mod
Sadie, does the book have an ISBN?


message 6: by Sadie (new)

Sadie Borghesi (maplemeridethmolly) | 3 comments No, it doesn't. That's why I am so unsure of what to do.


message 7: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42444 comments Mod
Too bad. I was hoping to find more information about it in WorldCat or similar databases.

Given what you have, I would go with the publisher as author, but mention that it is based on the cartoon by whomever in the description.

For format, I would go with paperback or hardcover (whichever is correct) and note in the edition field "w/ audio record". I would probably mention that it's meant as a read-along in the description field.


message 8: by Sadie (new)

Sadie Borghesi (maplemeridethmolly) | 3 comments Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it. I'll use your suggestions to add the book.


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