User talk:Elsbernd

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Hello, Elsbernd, and welcome to the ISFDB Wiki! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

Note: Image uploading isn't entirely automated. You're uploading the files to the wiki which will then have to be linked to the database by editing the publication record.

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I hope you enjoy editing here! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will insert your name and the date. If you need help, check out the community portal, or ask me on my talk page. Again, welcome! -- JLaTondre (talk) 15:09, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Singularity Station

I have your edit to create a variant for Singularity Station on hold. I believe you are attempting to create a German variant titled Erstarrt in der Zeit? That is not what your edit is accomplishing. Instead, it is creating a German title that is the same as the English title. The transliterated field is not a translation. It is a transliteration (conversion of non-Latin to Romanized script).

The easiest way to enter a new novel translation is to use the "Add New Novel" option and enter the details of the publication. This would then create a new title record with the correct language information that can then be varianted to the original work.

Please check out the help links provided above. If you have any questions (ISFDB:Help desk is a good resource for asking). Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 15:09, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

I have rejected the edit since there has not be a response. -- JLaTondre (talk) 17:13, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

Page numbers

Hello,

Although rarely, the contents page and the actual book disagree on what page a story starts on. Our policy is to use the number of the page the story is -- and to note any discrepancies in the notes. If we do not have the book, we go by the contents page only of course but with a book in hand, both should be checked. As you had been filling in page numbers based on the contents page only on books you have, this is just heads up to verify that as well and add any needed changes and notes if some of them do not match. Thanks and let me know if you have any questions. Annie 17:51, 23 January 2021 (EST)

Spectrum III

About this update - we can obviously see the cover but not the title page of the book. Do you own the book? If you do, is it exactly the same printing - all dates and prices matching? IF not, can you share where you are seeing the title page? Thanks! In books like this one where we have active verifiers, the policy is to also check with them before updating - I will do it now but you can do it yourself as well. Annie 13:46, 4 February 2021 (EST)

The editor who has the book confirmed that the book title page indeed uses "III" and not "3" (the front cover and spine show "3"). If your book uses 3, then you have a different edition and you can add it as a separate one. So I will reject the change. Let me know if you have any questions. Annie 15:00, 4 February 2021 (EST)
Yes, I own the book and it is the correct edition; but you're correct, the title page shows 'Spectrum III' as the correct title. Sorry for the confusion. I'm still at the beinning of my learning curve. elsbernd 04:51, 6 February 2021 (EST)
That's ok - that is why we triple check. :) Titles can show up in 4 or 5 different places in a book: Cover, Spine, Title page, Contents Page and on top of each page - and they can all be different. We always want the one from the title page when we have access to it. That is why this one uses "III" in its title even though the cover and spine says 3. :)
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask and have fun! Annie 05:01, 6 February 2021 (EST)
Well then: I got the book ISBN 0-552-10161-3, "Corgi Edition reprinted 1977", which thas 3 entries in ISFDB. The one with the correct year has wrong page numbers (correct would be 223), no cover. Should I change that entry, or should I try to create a new entry. elsbernd 05:12, 6 February 2021 (EST)
So you have the 1977 edition. Yep - absolutely, edit it and correct it. See how there are no Primary Verifiers (see the 1976 one for a comparison? This means that noone that has the book had worked on the record. And if you look at the note, it was added because we knew it exists from the 1980 edition. So fix it (fix the pages, add price and cover, add notes (for example the printing statement from the copyright page) and then verify it so we know it had been updated from the book itself :)
This is the main difference between verified and not verified books - a lot of the non-verified books are just stubs like this one. If you have the exact year/printing/publisher, you just update it. If we miss your printing/year, then you add a new one. Hope this makes sense. Annie 05:20, 6 February 2021 (EST)

The Second Astounding Science Fiction Anthology

I approved the changes you made here but reversed the publisher change. I just update the old publisher info to make it clearer that we use the record for both the independent publisher and then for it as an imprint. Feel free to add a note on how exactly the publisher is credited in the book as part of the notes. The publisher field is one of the ones we semi-standardize - making it possible for the books to show up on publishers' pages and not have 100 versions per publisher. Let me know if you have any questions/concerns. Thanks! Annie 15:36, 8 February 2021 (EST)

Well yes, It makes sense to standardize the publishers list. The Copyright Page states "Four Square Books are published by The New English Library Limited from Barnard's Inn, Holborn. London ECI" And well, I catalog my books personally with Collectorz.com Book Collector; and there I try to distinguish the publisher companies/imprints and buyout by other publishers. Therfore I noted New English Library.
So no problem at all.
Question: Should I note that the title of the book on the spine is written as "THE 2nd. ASTOUNDING SCIENCE FICTION ANTHOLOGY"? In caps or correctly written as "The 2nd. ..."?
In the notes - yes. When the cover, title page and spine differ in any way, we explain that in notes. Annie 09:21, 9 February 2021 (EST)

King Solomon's Mines

Regarding this submission: Your previous clone is here. Your note on this submission says "I got this edition; Second try to clone." Are you saying the first attempt was an error? If so you should instead edit the first version. Let me know what you meant. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 09:59, 14 February 2021 (EST)

No, the first one wasn't an error. I'm learning how to submit/clone books. I hadn't found my submission on the "My Recent Edit Lists" nor there was a sign on the submission page, that the submission was successful. I thought, the submission wasn't correct/successful, because the duplicate Catalog-ID was mentioned. And I overlooked the "My Pending Edits" List. My fault.
Note, after approving, I would like to upload the corresponding cover, since Annie told me to do this that way. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Elsbernd (talkcontribs) .
Sorry, I'm still confused:
  • When you say that you couldn't find your submission, it makes it sound like you submitted a second submission by mistake.
  • But your comment on after approving makes it sound like you expect the second to be approved even though we already have one.
Do you have two different printings of this pub? Or only one? Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 13:26, 14 February 2021 (EST)
* Well, I submitted the Edition, but was confused by the fact, that I couldn't find my submission in the list of My Recent Edits.
* I thought, that the reason for this was the Message from the submission page, that the Catalog-ID was already in the DB.
* So, I talked re-submitted the same book again. Annie told me, that duplicate Catalog-IDs are not unusual.
* So you got two submission of the same book. You could reject one of them. Depends on you.
* Note: my confusion was increased by the fact, that there is no note about on an HTML-Page, that this submission is on it's way. There is only a page, that tells the differences and highlights problems.
* Sorry for the confusion. elsbernd 13:06, 17 February 2021 (EST)
Here is your publication. Please verify it and add a cover if you can. The other one has been deleted. Thanks. -- JLaTondre (talk) 08:37, 18 February 2021 (EST)
Just managed to upload an image of the cover to the book. Question: Is it possible to upload a back cover of the book, and how can this be displayed. The back cover of book is an extension of the image of the front cover (and has notes "Published by Penguin Books")
With a dust jacket, it's easy as you can take off the jacket and take an image of the whole thing. For a pb like this, you can use an image editing program to combine both images into one and replace the current image with that. That has the benefit of displaying both images. Otherwise, you can manually upload to Image:KNGSLMNSMC1961-back.jpg (or a similar name) and link to it in the pub notes. Just be sure to add a license template manually (you can copy from the current image page). -- JLaTondre (talk) 19:46, 22 February 2021 (EST)
Just managed to upload the back cover and put a link into the Pub Note-Section. elsbernd 10:23, 23 February 2021 (EST)

Strange Relations

Hello,

I left an explanation in my rejection note here but the basic rule is that we standardize a bit so when you are not sure, look at the rest of the books from the same year from this publisher. All of the covers with the K have the space so unless you want to update all the books we have, we use no space. :) I added a note on the publisher page as well. If we decide to fix the space issue, we can change that easily :) As long as we document and we are at least semi-consistent, it works either way. Annie 20:05, 21 March 2021 (EDT)

Prices in pence

When you have UK books priced in pence, the price needs to be recorded in pounds. See the help page: "In the 1970s, many British books cost less than a pound and so would be priced in pence alone, e.g. 25p. These should be regularized like dollars and cents, e.g. 25p should be entered as £0.25 and 95p as £0.95.". I fixed Countdown. :) Annie 04:14, 22 March 2021 (EDT)

Edit: J. G. Ballard Kriegsfieber (ISBN 9783924959418)

I just edited Kriegsfieber Limited Edition of publisher Edition Phantasia, Bellheim. Added Page Numbers; tried to correct wrong title "Antworten auf einen Fragebogen", real title "Antworten eines Verhörs"

Die vergessene Marsstadt

Sorry, but you changed erroneously the DNB link no.: now it refers to Gesänge des Computers and not to the other - intended - half of the collection, Die vergessene Marsstadt. I'll change it back. I also did find it confusing that it's a republication but under a different title - but that's why there's a note of that kind in the DNB entry. Christian Stonecreek 09:08, 20 June 2022 (EDT

Sorry to be late, I was ill for some weeks. But you're right. While cleaning up my own DB for "Gesänge des Computers" (MvS), I encountered two versions of the Ullstein editions (#31044). Since I own almost all of the TB, I should have searched severall boxes, which is currently not possible. In normal cases, I edit only books on my table. I'll be more observant.
A note: It should be possible to have a look at the differences between the DB-Entry and the Submissions, before they will be submitted to the moderator. This could prevent spelling errors, and other mistakes. Currently, to my limitted knowledge, Submit(ting) Data transfers them directly to the moderator, without further checking. Maybe I should contact Ahauserus for this request.
Now I'm somewhat late, I think. It really seems the error ocurred with the republication by Ullstein under a different title (previously it was "Gesänge des Computers Teil 2"). Things like these do happen accidentally.
I have a remark for the recently added printing of Star Songs of an Old Primate. There's still the note 'Printing not stated', while the printing seems to be in fact stated ("Second Printing: February 1979"). Could you please check / correct this?
And please do sign your comments and remarks with the obligatory four tildes (that is four times '~'): this way it's documented who is writing (and when). Christian Stonecreek 06:10, 31 August 2022 (EDT)

Dates of introductions

In this submission, you asked, "Can the date of the introduction be edited?". Yes, but the date for an introduction is the date when it was published rather than when it was written. It's fine to include a note (as you did) indicating the date of the introduction, though. ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 17:43, 15 November 2022 (EST)