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message 1: by okyrhoe (new)

okyrhoe | 141 comments Yesterday I went to add three Naguib Mahfouz titles to my GR shelf, and I noticed that there are some "weird" librarian edits* to the books' data.
I tried to fix the info on my own. Unfortunately I don't read Arabic script and I wasn't sure if I would be correctly copy-pasting the Arabic text I was moving around.

Would it be useful to list here the books on GR we notice that might need some "help" either with their basic information, and/or for combining editions?
There is a group for Arab-language librarians & maybe this thread can be brought to that librarian group's attention.

*Although the entries are for English books (that is, the English translation of the Arabic novel), the edition's author name was entered only in Arabic script.
I've also seen books where the (single) author field contained both English and Arabic script http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/4... .


message 2: by Niledaughter (last edited Mar 02, 2011 08:56AM) (new)

Niledaughter | 2783 comments Mod
Hello Okyrhoe :)
Great idea !!!

I am also a co-moderator to Arab librarians group !So it is a very good and helpful idea for me to link both :D

Naguib Mahfouz both paged had a lot of problems :(


Not everyone knows about such discussions like this(BTW , Ng is our 3rd mod here):

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/3...


the summary :
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/3...



please for everyone vote on this poll :

http://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/40...


For (author aliases ), this can help a lot .


message 3: by Bernadette (new)

Bernadette (bernadettesimpson) | 205 comments Oh, Nile daughter, maybe you could tell me what you think about this:

Zaat by S. Ibrahim - There is an eBook version of this book in Arabic available for free on here. I downloaded the file and had my husband read the copyright info because I wanted to know if it was a legal download, but it doesn't seem like it is. It seems like a scanned copy of a library book. I would hate for Goodreads to get a reputation for illegal file sharing!

http://www.goodreads.com/ebooks/downl...


message 4: by Niledaughter (new)

Niledaughter | 2783 comments Mod
Ok , I will bring it up there and see .


message 5: by okyrhoe (new)

okyrhoe | 141 comments I did a bit of work on some author profiles - linking the various language profiles to each other, and adding biographical information to the English-language profiles.

I also tried to combine editions where possible, but I think there's more to be done by librians proficient in Arabic.

Miral al-Tahawy.
Hoda Barakat
Latifa Zayyat
Hala El Badry

P.S.
Please leave the author's name in English as the primary entry* so that when 3rd language editions (that is, besides English & Arabic) are added, they can be combined without an Arabic librarian's mediation :-)


message 6: by Niledaughter (last edited Apr 03, 2011 04:33AM) (new)

Niledaughter | 2783 comments Mod
Did what I could to to all :)


message 7: by okyrhoe (new)

okyrhoe | 141 comments Hanna Mina, Emile Habiby* & Jabra Ibrahim Jabra -> I linked the Arabic & English author profiles to each other.
Maybe some combining of editions can be done now.

*I think there's something wrong with the spacing in first line of text on the Arabic profile.


message 8: by Niledaughter (last edited Apr 07, 2011 01:39AM) (new)

Niledaughter | 2783 comments Mod
Did what I can :)
you know what ; when they change the titles during translation , it makes the job very hard !


message 9: by okyrhoe (new)

okyrhoe | 141 comments Nile daughter wrote: "Did what I can :) "

Thanks!


message 10: by okyrhoe (new)

okyrhoe | 141 comments Some combining for Sahar Khalifeh would be appreciated!


message 11: by Niledaughter (last edited Apr 18, 2011 02:15AM) (new)

Niledaughter | 2783 comments Mod
Done :)and you are welcome ;)


message 12: by Ingy (last edited Oct 10, 2011 12:13PM) (new)

Ingy (ngnoah) What's up here folks.. Any help with anything?


message 13: by okyrhoe (last edited May 24, 2012 01:25AM) (new)

okyrhoe | 141 comments Can someone direct me the Arabic profile page on Goodreads for Edwar al-Kharrat?

I notice that the name on the English editions display the author's first name as Edwar, and so does the PEN atlas, Banipal, Wikipedia, etc.
But I've found several webpages that spell his name Edward.
http://www.alowaisnet.org/en/winnersb...
http://www.al-hakawati.net/english/Ar...
http://www.arabworldbooks.com/authors...

The Greek edition of one of his books uses Edward.


message 14: by Niledaughter (new)

Niledaughter | 2783 comments Mod
okyrhoe wrote: "Can someone direct me the Arabic profile page on Goodreads for Edwar al-Kharrat?

I notice that the name on the English editions display the author's first name as Edwar, and so does the PEN atlas..."


The Arabic page
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/...

In Arabic , it is "Edward"


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