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Is there a way to show the contents of a box set as individual entries?

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Oct 9, 2019, 4:54pm

In the long distant past when I was a cataloguer.... if I had a single physical item containing multiple works I could provide added entries under each author and title so that it would show in its appropriate place in the catalogue. Is there any way to do that on LibraryThing? When I'm thinking of buying a book, I look here first to see if I already have it, but it is not always easy to spot if it has been included in, say, a Kindle "box set".

Thanks for any help

Oct 9, 2019, 5:17pm

You can always add individual books or short stories! There isn't an automated process (though there is a Contains/Contained In module on the Work Page, if folks have filled it in), so you'd need to go through the add books steps for the particular books you're wanting to add.

But there's no reason for you not to do this, if it's something you care about. Loads of people do - I know at least one person who keeps a second account for the purpose, while another records every instance of any short story that comes up in the collections they acquire (and also copies the review for each of them...)

Edited: Oct 9, 2019, 5:43pm

You should make a habit of always adding the work relationship information on the work page of any box set you enter. Then if you check the work page of a book you are considering buying, you can check the work relationships and check those to see if you own them. Not a simple check, but at least possible.

Another place to check is series pages.

Your book

I have entered the work-to-work relationships, and you can look at the series page to see how these might help if you were looking at At Bay to decide whether you have it.

If you decide to enter both the set and the component parts, I suggest including the set in the usual collections, but the parts only is a separate collection for such parts. I don't do it for all such books, but when I have omnibus editions that include pieces that don't belong in my prefered reading order for a series I enter the parts in a collection called 'In Omnibus'. It works for me.

Edited: Oct 9, 2019, 6:12pm

Thanks Keristars for your suggestion. I think this is probably the way for me to go. And thanks MarthaJeanne for your suggestion of a separate collection for the parts.

Oct 10, 2019, 8:40am

I have a collection entitled "Unowned phantom books I own as Omnibii" and at the time of adding a box set or trilogy-in-one-volume, I (if I remember and CBA) also add the individual titles to it, without reviews ratings etc. It messes a bit with the stats, but they're a mess anyway and occurs relatively infrequently. I think for ebook trilogies I tend to add them as individual titles even if I've bought them in-one-volume

Oct 10, 2019, 9:39am

>3 MarthaJeanne: Yes, the separate collection for the individual works in an omnibus is how I handle it as well. In my case, I call the collection Contained Elsewhere.

Oct 10, 2019, 9:56am

Yup, my collection Corralled = omnibus contents (books only, not stories). I REALLY wish the contained in feature would be freaking finished.

Oct 10, 2019, 4:49pm

>3 MarthaJeanne: , >6 rosalita: Mine is called “Bits and Pieces”. :)