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Marc (mkupper) | 78 comments This is a continuation of as the issue seems messy.

The OP had asked that an edition record be deleted. The record in question is for an another edition and so we should keep it. I believe it has the wrong cover image. Hopefully, the OP will clarify this.

Samudra Bhattacharya (ardumas) | 29 comments Hi Marc,

I can see the record in question has been changed.

Below are the errors I can see:
Page number should be 172
Publisher is a bengali publisher called Ananda Publishers Private Limited ( The cover image however is correct.

I scanned the book cover to create the image for the record I created. They both can be used. Hope this clarifies.

message 3: by Marc (last edited Apr 11, 2019 11:09PM) (new)

Marc (mkupper) | 78 comments Thank you Samudra.

Samudra, you had asked that this record be deleted.

The record seems to be a data import from Amazon for ISBN 8170660017 who reported:
Title: Rajk Ahini
Author: Abaninindra Thakur
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (January 1, 2015)
Language: Bengali
ISBN-10: 8170660017

I noticed that WorldCat for ISBN 8170660017 has which says
Publisher: Calcutta : Anand Publishers, 2001.

I suspect Amazon has garbage which leaked into Goodreads. I'll research that aspect in a bit.

On the record you added which is

Is the publisher name stated in English or Bengali? I notice you have "Ananda" while WorldCat, which is usually reliable, has "Anand". If the publisher name is in Bengali then it may be a transliteration issue.

Was your copy first published in 2001 and you have a 2005 printing?

Samudra Bhattacharya (ardumas) | 29 comments Hi Marc,

The Publisher name is stated in English. As per their facebook it is
Ananda Publishers Private Limited. Check their facebook page (

My copy is the fourteenth printing from 2005. First published in 1986.

Samudra Bhattacharya (ardumas) | 29 comments April 2005 as in my record

message 6: by Marc (last edited Apr 12, 2019 01:37AM) (new)

Marc (mkupper) | 78 comments Samudra, I added a note to the record you wanted to have deleted to mention there is an edition published by Ananda and to include a link to the record you added.

I also updated the record you had added to mention that its ISBN is 81-7066-001-7 / 8170660017. I also updated the title for that record to be রাজ কাহিনী [Raj Kahini]. The titles on Goodreads should match what's on the front cover. Transliterated titles are in square brackets.

Goodreads' current policy is that the ISBN goes on the most recently published edition. Penguin claims 2015 and your copy is 2005 which is why I left the ISBN on the record for the Penguin edition.

I did some research on the ISBN range that 81-7066-001-7 is in.
The leading 81 is for books published in India. Of the 1000 ISBNs in the range 81-7066-000-9 to 81-7066-999-5:

Amazon does not have records for 714 ISBNs. There may be books but they have not been added to Amazon.
255 records list Ananda Publishers as the publisher.
7 records list list Penguin Books Ltd as the publisher.
8170660017 Penguin Books Ltd (2015)
8170664101 Penguin Books Ltd (2014)
8170664365 Penguin Books Ltd (2013)
8170668204 Penguin Books Ltd (2000)
8170668867 Penguin Books Ltd (2010)
8170669693 Penguin Books Ltd
8170669995 Penguin Books Ltd (2009)
24 records don't list a publisher.

The ISBN range is clearly used by Ananda most of the time. We don't know if the seven records that list Penguin are garbage in the system or if Penguin also published editions with Ananda's ISBNs. Thus we can't rule out 81-7066-001-7 by Penguin as "garbage" to be deleted.

Samudra Bhattacharya (ardumas) | 29 comments Hi Marc,

Thank you for making the changes.

I can see from the covers of all the ISBNs you have provided that they are all being published by Ananda Publishers and not Penguin. I am unaware of Penguin India printing books in Bengali and would most likely say these amazon data are garbage.

message 8: by Emily (last edited Apr 12, 2019 01:59PM) (new)

Emily | 12934 comments If someone can prove the Penguin info is garbage data, we can remove it.
(Reprintings do not need to be new editions if there have been no changes to the books at all.) I will just leave these titles alone in the merge thread. Thank you for all your research on this.

Samudra Bhattacharya (ardumas) | 29 comments Emily wrote: "If someone can prove the Penguin info is garbage data, we can remove it.
(Reprintings do not need to be new editions if there have been no changes to the books at all.) I will just leave these tit..."

I can send you a screenshot of the Ananda Publishers copy I have with the ISBN that is currently being shown on the penguin copy. Not sure how to upload pictures though.

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