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Author Merging Question

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message 1: by vicki_girl (new)

vicki_girl | 2765 comments I have come across the following "authors" that I think should be merged into one profile:

Reader's Digest Editors

Reader's Digest

Readers Digest (no apostrophe)

Reader's Digest Children's Books

Reader's Digest Association (Canada)

Reader's Digest Association (Great Britain)

reader digest authors [sic:]

Editors of Reader's Digest

(Readers' Digest)

Reader's Di Reader's Digest Association [sic:]

Sélection du Reader's Digest (France)

redactie Reader's Digest

However, I would appreciate a second opinion before I proceed, especially on the non-US imprints. Thanks.

message 2: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 45034 comments Mod
I agree that they should be combined, and think the second one on your list makes the most sense as the one to combine into.

message 3: by vicki_girl (new)

vicki_girl | 2765 comments Well, the first on the list is the most popular by far, having 695 books, compared to only 50 for the second. (The rest have less than 20, and in most cases only 1 or 2).

I'm afraid that if I change it to the second one, then we'll be spending a good bit effort to change over any new books that are added.

message 4: by Cait (last edited Oct 27, 2008 11:21AM) (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments I'd move the regional and the "children's books" information into the publisher field, but otherwise, I agree. I'd merge them into whichever has the most records already, though -- looks like "Reader's Digest Editors" -- on the theory that that'll pick up more of the new incoming records from places like Amazon.... (Hah, posted just as you were bringing up my second point, vicki!)

message 5: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 45034 comments Mod
That makes sense.

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