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Policies & Practices > Cocky TM: This is NOT related to legal advice. Best practices advice needed.

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message 1: by Chris (new)

Chris Almeida (chrisalmeida) | 29 comments I posted a question on the group regarding what the best practices for books affected by the cocky trademark and the thread was locked down because it was taken as a request for legal advice. I'm not an author affected by the TM and I'm not looking for legal advice on the matter.

I was trying to find out what to do with books that had their titles changed or covers changed because of the TM. These titles are still showing on Goodreads under the old covers and old ASINs but on Amazon, they have brand new covers, titles and sometimes ASINs.
Do we create a new cover edition to reflect those changes or create a brand new book separate from the old edition?
Do we merge the editions when they have been added separately?

I don't know what to do in this case because it's a new situation. It may be that the legal aspect will be resolved and the books will return to their old covers but some have changed ISBNs and ASINs too. Some just titles, some had everything changed.

One example of partial change is:

It has new cover and title but same ASIN.
Some guidance is needed.

Thank you,


message 2: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 45428 comments Mod
Please see the section of the manual on how new/changed covers/titles are handled:

Other than potential legal issues, which are not something Goodreads Librarians should be dealing with, these are no different than any other cases where authors have changed their books' titles and/or covers.

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