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message 1: by Liz (last edited Jan 31, 2015 04:10PM) (new)

Liz | 18 comments Hi,

I was just adding the audiobook edition to this book (novella) :
and I noticed, Audible(audio)/Amazon(kindle) state it's book 2 of the series while it's number 1.3 in the series on GR...

Should the number be changed in the series page?

Also, I know most novellas are not primary works... but here it looks a lot like a series of novellas (even book 1, at 110 000 words, is included in the Dark Nights Dangerous Men anthology). In a case like that, should the standalone publications be put as primary works?

(If someone who read them could comment on the plot it might help)

As I understand it, the idea behind "primary work" is that the story is integrated in the main storyline of the series (if it's not primary, skipping it would not hurt comprehension)... or am I reading to much into this?

I'm leaving it as is for now but I'm curious

message 2: by Z-squared (new)

Z-squared | 8580 comments Looks like no one ever did anything about this.

I'm not 100% sure on the definition of 'primary' versus 'secondary'. I thought it was novel versus novella/short, but you could be right.

I compromised and changed the series numbering to 1.2 and 1.3 (instead of the seemingly arbitrary 1.3 and 1.6). This has the added bonus of almost matching the numbering on Amazon, at least for what comes after the decimal.

Wouldn't mind a second ruling from another librarian, though. It sure seems like the author is treating these as equally primary works on her website. Perhaps that's enough reason to change it here?

message 3: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 43589 comments Mod
Amazon does not allow non-whole-number series entries, so their numbering is not really indicative of much.

And we usually use length (novel v. novella) as the deciding factor, assuming some of the entries are novel length. (A series composed entirely of novellas would have all whole numbers, in general.)

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