Tagging Original Pub Date, Condition, and Format
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I think I need some insight before going through and tagging these qualities.
Original Pub Date - I'm leaning towards just putting a specific year in for this. Most books have a vague setting in terms of year, so I could differentiate the setting and the pub date that way:
Original Pub Date Tag: 1987
Setting of story Date Tag: 1980s
Condition - This is important because I have a blackberry and use the librarything.com/m site while I am at used bookstores, and when I run across a better copy of something I would like to know whether to replace it or not. I was going to use the accepted terms - NEW; VERY GOOD; GOOD; FAIR; POOR; then some special marks like EX-LIBRARY; BOOK CLUB; REMAINDER MARKS; BOOKPLATES;PREVIOUS OWNER'S NAME.; DUMB UNDER-LINER ALERT... but the problem with tags is lack of context... am I saying the contents of the book are very good? Or that it is about a poor family? Do you think condition markings should be stated like CONDITION-GOOD?
Format - Same here... Hardcover, trade, mmp... and what about those weird books that do not fall into one of those categories? Special? There I run into the same problem... am I saying the book is special to me? FORMAT-SPECIAL is what I am thinking here.
Any insight would be appreciated!
As long as you know what the tag means, that's all that really matters.
I have my books tagged by original publication date, except I just tag the decade and the century. I ran into two problems with this. One is that due to the way the alphabetical tag system works, the tag "19th century" would appear after the tags "1900s," "1910s," etc, which bothered me a lot. I got around it by using "19 th century" instead--the space changes how it is ordered. The other problem I've had is overzealous tag combiners combining 1900s, 1800s, etc with 20th century, 19th century, etc. So I specify "1900s (decade)" for that tag. It doesn't look as elegant, but it works.
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