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message 1: by Greg (new)

Greg Barwis | 94 comments Hello,

I have added an edition of "The German Way: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs in the German-Speaking World", by Hyde Flippo, that was not previously listed. I have a personal copy of this book, and have captured the data from it.

My new entry is:

This printing doesn't claim "second edition" or any such thing, but on the inside front, it does say "Reprinted with revisions 1999". I'm not sure how (or if) that should be annotated in the entry.

The cover of this printing is identical to the cover on the existing Goodreads entry, so I have not scanned and uploaded a new cover. Could I get that existing cover set for this printing, too?

Also, the ISBN10 for my book (printed in 1999) is 0844225134, and its ISBN13 is 9780844225135. These match the ISBN10 and ISBN13 for the existing book listing (printed in 1996), at

It is my understanding that, on Goodreads, an ISBN should be listed with a book's most recent edition (based on information in Could these ISBNs please be moved over to this more recent edition?

The WorldCat entry that matches the edition I have added are below.


message 2: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 43558 comments Mod
If the cover and ISBN are the same, and the only difference is a new printing, we would not add a new edition just to indicate a later publication date with no other changes.

message 3: by Greg (new)

Greg Barwis | 94 comments Thanks, rivka, I understand. I appreciate the clarification, because this applies directly to a few other titles in my collection that I haven't inventoried yet.

In this particular case, the imprint "reprinted with revisions 1999" is what makes me that there there may indeed be "other changes" - I just have no idea what those revisions may be, not having a 1996 version to compare it with. For what it's worth I scanned through the book in vain looking for obvious post-1996 changes (references to events or dates, for example), and apart from information in the front matter (that note, and a 1997 copyright, and a 1998 reference in the LoC data), I found nothing.

What would you suggest, in this case? Should I request deletion of the new edition I added (to align with the policy you clarified for me), or should I leave it (based on "reprinted with revisions")? If it remains, then does my original request remain legitimate (regarding cover and ISBNs)?

I appreciate your help - I'm trying to learn more, so that as I continue to inventory my collection and submit requests for changes, those requests can be as error-free as possible.


message 4: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 43558 comments Mod
I didn't mean no other changes to the book, but no other changes to the book record on Goodreads. If there are no changes that would make the records distinct, other than publication date, a new record should not be created.

message 5: by Greg (new)

Greg Barwis | 94 comments Ah, that makes sense, thank you. I was looking for changes in the body of the work, rather than other things.

Taking a look at the book's front matter, in this case, my 1999 (re)printing is from Passport Books, whereas the Goodreads entry for the 1996 printing shows as from McGraw-Hill Contemporary. The page count in my edition (138) also differs from what Goodreads lists for the McGraw-Hill version (144).

Sounds like that does warrant a new record, then. What's the best way for me to proceed (e.g., with adding a cover image)?

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