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Overview

The series page shows books belonging to a series, and the series order. Occasionally books may belong to more than one series.

Series with debated orders are often listed as separate series, as in the case of the Chronicles of Narnia, which is listed both as Chronicles of Narnia: Publication order and Chronicles of Narnia: Chronological order

Main Series Page

Series by Cover

A fast way to see the spread of a series, 'Series by Cover' shows you each book in the series, in series order, by cover image.

Works

A list of the works included in the series. Clicking on the title will take you to the work page, while selecting the author name will take you to the author page.

Numbers to the left indicate their place in the series order. Occasionally works will be labeled with notations such as 'prequel' or 'omnibus' rather than a number, to indicate their proper status, and sometimes short stories or other 'inserted' texts will receive a decimal after their number, such as '2.5', which might indicate a story written later, but which occurs chronologically between books two and three.

Colored Checkmarks

Books you have catalogued will display a colored checkmark, according to the collection they are in.
PurpleCheck.png Wishlist - displays purple checkmark
BlueCheck.png Read but Unowned - displays blue checkmark
GreenCheck.png Your Library - displays green checkmark
GreyCheck.png any other collection - displays gray checkmark
Only one checkmark will be displayed, so if a book qualifies for more than one checkmark LT will display the color that is nearer to the top of the list above.

Related Tags

This cloud tag shows the most common tags for the books in the series, and can help you determine the general themes and topics of the series at a glance.

Recommendations

Series Authors

Lists all authors for the series. Occasionally series have more than one author.

Series Sidebar

Series Description

An overall description of the series, editable by members.

Related Series

Series which share some or many of the same books appear here.

Related Book Awards

See what awards have been won by books in the series.

Related People/Characters

The most common characters who occur in the books, as taken from the works' common knowledge pages.

Related Places

The most common places which appear in the books, as taken from the works' common knowledge pages.

Helpers

See which LibraryThing members have helped input information about this series.

Editing or Creating Series

To create a series or add a work to it, go to a "work" page. The "Common Knowledge" section now includes a "Series" field. Enter the name of the series to add the book to it.

Do not use ampersand (&) or stroke (/) in the series name. It will mess up either searching for the series, clicking on it (from the author page, the catalog, or the book page), or both.

If the series has an order, add a number or other descriptor in parenthesis after the series title (eg., "Chronicles of Prydain (1)"). By default, it sorts by the number, or alphabetically if there is no number. If you want to force a particular order, use the | character to divide the number and the descriptor. So, "(0|prequel)" sorts by 0 under the label "prequel."

What isn't a series?

Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such (see Wikipedia: Book series). Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion. A good rule of thumb is that series have a conventional name and are intentional creations, on the part of the author or publisher. For now, avoid forcing the issue with mere "lists" of works possessing an arbitrary shared characteristic, such as relating to a particular place. Avoid series that cross authors, unless the authors were or became aware of the series identification (eg., avoid lumping Jane Austen with her continuators).

Do not put publisher series in the Series field, unless the publisher has a true monopoly over the "works" in question. For other publisher series, list them in the Publisher Series field. So, the Dummies guides are a series of works and go in the Series field. But the Loeb Classical Library is a series of editions, not of works, so it goes in the Publisher Series field.

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