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Policies & Practices > Avoid adding new editions?

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message 1: by Kristen (new)

Kristen Northrup (kristenn) | 25 comments (Hopefully this hasn't already been asked. I went through the threads but only the titles.)

"The book you are adding may already exist in our database. If it appears below, please use that edition instead of adding a new one."

Just to be sure, if I am reading a book that is already in the database but in an edition which is not, I should just use a pre-existing edition and not add mine?

That seems to be the rule, and I don't have any problems with it, but SO many books have multiple editions entered that I just want to confirm.


message 2: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 44231 comments Mod
If it really is a different edition (different ISBN, different cover, different language, etc.) then there's no problem with adding it. However, the vast majority of books people add are already in the database -- so it tries to tell you about them to avoid real duplicates.

message 3: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 44231 comments Mod
Exactly what we librarians are for. ;)

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