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message 1: by Melanti (new)

Melanti | 761 comments A sort-by title is the field for how the book should be sorted when you're sorting titles alphabetically - all lower case, moving "the" or "a" to the end, etc.

ISBN - Older books do not have ISBNs, Also, we use records with blank ISBN fields to add alternative covers (sometimes one ISBN/ASIN will have more than one cover).

Cover - There might not always be a cover available. Goodreads can only use covers from certain data sources. So, for instance, we can't use covers from Barnes & Noble, so Nook books are hard to obtain covers for. Other ebook formats as well.


message 2: by Philip (new)

Philip (burnnerman) | 5913 comments 1) Not a librarian issue, this would be more a feedback issue.
2) Sort by title is how it sorts the book, so usually things like the and a are at the end, but if you leave it blank it will fill it in with the modified Title.
3) Not all books have an ISBN/ASIN, so you cannot make that mandatory.
4) If a book has an ASIN it is kindle, if it has anything else it is ebook/physical. There shouldn't be any book that has all three.
5) Not every person has a cover and sometimes books get posted by the author or publisher, before the cover is final.


message 3: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (last edited Aug 02, 2016 08:49AM) (new)

rivka | 44982 comments Mod
To the extent that this is a librarian issue, it appears to have been answered.

As was already mentioned, this group is not the place to request changes to how the site works. You may wish to use the Contact Us link on the Help page. Librarians can help with issues pertaining to specific book records or most related issues, but have no control over general site functionality or related issues. Closing thread.


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