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message 1: by Anton (new)

Anton | 2 comments I'm curious as to what the rules are for " and ' in titles.
For example
"Daily Telegraph" Yorkshire Dales in a Week ("Daily Telegraph" Travel in a Week)
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/61...

This one looks very odd to me
The "Terminator" (A Star book)
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29...

And these two use different marks to signify the same thing
"X-files": Goblins (The X-files)
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18...
'X-files': Whirlwind (The X-files)
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12...

edited so the titles actually appear in the body. Stupid!


message 2: by Cait (last edited Jan 23, 2009 07:40AM) (new)

Cait (tigercait) | 5005 comments They definitely need to come out of the beginning of the sort-by title; I usually take them out of the main title if I'm fixing a record and it's clear that the quote marks aren't part of the book's actual title -- in this case, for example, I'd change "X-files": Goblins (The X-files) to Goblins (The X-Files) since The X-Files is the series names; I might leave Yorkshire Dales in a Week ("Daily Telegraph" Travel in a Week) since "Daily Telegraph" may well be quoted in the series name (although again, no series prefix, please!).

For The "Terminator", Google suggests that it's the novelization of the movie The Terminator and that the quotes around "Terminator" were probably added by someone who doesn't quite get the concept. Out they go, I'd say.

I've seen quotes used validly in titles, usually when the title contains dialogue, although I can't think of...hmmm...okay, here's a decent example of quotes: "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth by Eric Carle. (I've just updated that record so that the sort-by title is slowly, slowly, slowly," said the sloth; now it'll sort under S.)

Great questions! :)


message 3: by Anton (new)

Anton | 2 comments Thanks for that, I'll get on to it then. :)




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