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Entities are the main concepts used to describe a bibliographic record through their relationships
- Examples: novel, poem, translation, introduction & foreword, article, research paper, etc.
- Examples: a series of novels, a series of comics, etc.
- Examples: book, anthology, comic book, magazine, leaflet
- Note: An Author can self-publish an Edition
- Example: paperback, hardcover and e-book editions of a novel
The following examples should help you understand the different entities and how they relate to each other:
The relationship between H.P Lovecraft , his short story At the Mountains of Madness and an Edition The Classic Horror Stories which contain it and several more works.
Paperback and E-book editions of the novel Ancillary Mercy by the publisher Orbit Books making them part of the same Edition Group
Here is a short description of some of the main terms you will encounter. Some terms are borrowed from MusicBrainz; click on the term to be redirected to the MusicBrainz guidelines or a definition.
- Name: 村上 春樹 – Alias (english): Haruki Murakami
- Name: J.K. Rowling – Alias (full name): Joanne Kathleen Rowling – Alias (pseudonym): Robert Galbraith
- The Alchemist (philosophical novel) by Paulo Coelho
- The Alchemyst (Nicolas Flamel biography) by Michael Scott
For example: paperback, mass-market, hardcover and e-book are all book formats
When adding identifiers to an entity, you can enter either the identifier only (Q2517049) or a full link (https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q2517049).
One edition of a work may have any number of printings, e. g. a same Edition can have a first impression and a second impression.
- Charles Dickens -> Dickens, Charles
- A Tale of Two Cities -> Tale of Two Cities, A
- Benito Pérez Galdós -> Pérez Galdós, Benito