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The first rule of HelpThing is "be bold!" If you can add or edit it, go ahead. We also have a HelpThing Style Guide.
The Edit Your Book page is the place to modify information about a book in your library. You can also do field-by-field edits in the catalog.
Work Details Tab
Takes you to the work details for this book.
Book Details Tab
Cancels any changes and returns you to the Work tab.
The title of the book. You must enter a title.
The main author of the book. For compilations and anthologies, many people enter the editor in this field. See Other authors to add secondary authors, editors, illustrators, etc. Don't put two authors in one line, or the two will be treated as if they were one person. This might mean your book won't combine with other copies of the same work, which can affect your recommendations, calculations of similar libraries, and potentially chances of winning an Early Reviewer book.
Enter a comma-separated list of tags you want the book to have. The tagging FAQ covers tags in more detail.
You can use Collections to mark a book as currently reading, on your wishlist, on a "to read" list, read but unowned, or one of your favorites. You can even create new categories for your books to separate the books of different household members, business vs. pleasure, or any other grouping you can think of. See Collections for more on how to use this feature.
Click on a dot to set your rating of the book. The rating scale is from 1/2 to 5 stars. Click on a star to change it from a full star to a half star. Click on a half-star to remove it.
Please don't use the ratings field for other purposes. Your ratings are repeated on the book's page for everyone to see. Many people judge whether they would like to read a book by its rating, and you'd hate to mislead them, right?
A place for your review of the book. This field is for your opinion about the book. Links to your review on another site are acceptable; copying a review that you did not write is not. This field will accept some basic html formatting.
Unless you have a private library, anything you put in the review field will be copied onto the work page, where everyone can see it. For this reason, non-review details like price, where you bought the book, links to a library catalog, etc. are better suited to one of the Comments fields. If you see a little blue flag underneath your review on another page, that means that someone marked it as "not a review." If you copy a review that is not yours or in some other way violate the terms of service, you may find a red flag under your review.
Enter additional authors, translators, illustrators, editors, etc. here, one per line. Clink on the link "add another author" to get a new line. Set the role for each name entered from the pull down list, or choose other to enter a role not listed in the pull down list.
Enter publisher information, such as publisher name, imprint, address, etc. here.
Typically this is used for the year of publication of your particular edition. The dates you enter in this field are used to generate the graph on your library statistics page.
ISBN of the book. This field will accept ISBN-10s or ISBN-13s. Information about ISBNs can be found on the LibraryThing ISBN FAQ.
ISBN is one of the most important fields for your books. It is used to help combine your books with other copies of the same thing. This affects your recommendations, similar libraries, and even your chances to win an Early Reviewer book. Please don't ever use one book's record as a template to generate another (e.g., two books in a series) unless you delete the first ISBN or replace it with the real one. Better to leave it blank than have it wrong. Good information helps everyone, and wrong ISBNs can create all sorts of problems!
Library of Congress classification of the book. If the source from which you added the book had this information (i.e. most libraries), this field will be populated automatically. If not, LibraryThing will make a guess, which will appear in green. Please don't use this field for incorrect information (non-LC data), because LibraryThing uses the most popular answer provided by libraries and other LT members to make the green guesses for everyone else.
Dewey decimal number for the book. If the source from which you added the book had this information (i.e. most libraries), this field will be populated automatically. If not, LibraryThing will make a guess, which will appear in green. Please don't use this field for incorrect information (non-Dewey data), because LibraryThing uses the most popular answer provided by libraries and other LT members to make the green guesses for everyone else.
You can't edit this field. Subjects are generated for you using data from libraries.
Choose the primary language of the book. This is the language that most (or all) of your copy of the book is written in, even if it was originally written in another language. Click on "show all languages" to show more options if you don't see the language you want in the pull down menu. The all languages list has both Multiple languages for more than two languages and Undetermined if the language of the book is unknown.
Set this field if the book has a secondary language. For example, some books have the original and a translation side by side, or parts of the book in different languages.
Use this field for the original language if the copy is a translation from another language.
These comments are viewable by LibraryThing members if your library is public. You can use comments to track price, where you got the book, where it's stored, the table of contents, or pretty much anything else you would like.
Here are some ways that people have used the comment field in their catalogs:
- citation information for academic journal articles, titles and authors contained in anthologies, information about for magazines
- first impressions of the book
- gift information
- month/year your book club read the books
- notes about the condition of the book, especially if unusual
- number of times you've read it
- personal relationship to the book (contributed information, mentioned in the dedication, personal friend of the author, etc.)
- quotes from your favourite parts of the book
- record dedications, inscriptions, autographs
- source of the LC & Dewey information
- unusual format information (ARC, photocopy, special binding, etc.)
- what store the book came from
- where you purchased it
- whether you bought it new or used
- where you keep the book
These comments are not viewable by LibraryThing members even if your library is public. You can use this field for whatever you might like to track but don't want others to view.
If you leave this field blank, it will be automatically filled in by the title, author, and publication information.
Number of copies
If you have multiple copies of the same book and do not want to enter each one separately, you can set that information here.
If your book has an BookCrossing.com ID number, you can enter it here, and it will turn into a link that will automatically take you to that book's page at BookCrossing.
Optional field indicating date you got the book. Note the date format is year-month-day, all in numbers.
Optional field indicating when you started and finished reading the book. If you read a book multiple times and want to track that, additional dates can be added using the "more" link.
The date the book was added to your library. This can't be changed.
The source from which you initially added the book. Not modifiable.
This feature is in early development and testing; don't rely on it! This checkbox will make the book private.
Book Details Tab
Cancels any changes and returns you to the Work tab.
Add the book information you have entered to your library.
Takes you to Help for Editing your book.