Same Book with Different Titles: Combine or Not?
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In 2001, New York Review Books issued a book entitled Mr. Fortune's Maggot (http://www.librarything.com/work/9295133) which also included a novella, The Salutation, and and introduction by Adam Mars-Jones in addition to the title novel. It has just reissued the exact same book (i.e., the novel, the novella, and the introduction) with a new title, Mr. Fortune (http://www.librarything.com/work/11427635) and a new cover. My inclination is to combine them: what do you experts think?
If they are exactly the same, I would combine them. I would also put a disambiguation notice on the work page stating that the two are the same, so that they don't get separated agian.
Of course they should be combined just like Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone are combined.
Thank you, both. There was an existing disambiguation notice and I've added to it.
I'm new to this, sorry, because no doubt I'm repeating something that is elsewhere which I can't find. But what happens if a book is published by different names in different countries? I'm thinking particularly of The Alone to the Alone by Gwyn Thomas, which is exactly the same book as Venus and the Voters.
Should I combine them?
When you do that, it's a good idea to leave a disambiguation notice on the book page, so that people will not come back in and separate the titles again, thinking the combination is a mistake. Say something like "X & Y are the same book. X is the title used in the U.S.; Y is the title used in the U.K."
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