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Frequently Asked Questions

SITE ELEMENTS
  1. Backdated ISBN

    An ISBN is backdated whenever a book was published before ISBNs existed and then reprinted (identical to the original, not as a different edition) after the introduction of ISBN codes, and the publisher acquired ISBN rights to reprint the same edition: that ISBN is then backdated to all the previous prints of the same edition. This is very frequent for French and English editions, as shown by these ISBN number assigned to 1951 and even 1879 editions:

    http://copac.ac.uk/search?&isn=0192113100

    http://copac.ac.uk/search?&isn=0333002067&sort-order=ti%2C-date

  2. Blog Badge

    A miniature shelf that you can add to your blog. Every time you update your shelf on Anobii, the blog badge will be automatically updated. You can "Create a Blog Badge" in Preferences or in "My Shelf".

  3. Charts

    Charts are available in 8 languages and include charts of the most popular books, overall or by genre, for the last 7 days.

  4. Collections

    Collections are lists of books that have something in common. Any user can create and follow collections or add books to any collection.

  5. Contacts

    The Contacts section is dedicated to your friends and neighbours. Through this section you can find and invite friends, view your lists of friends and neighbours and discover users who share your tastes.

  6. Groups

    Groups are communities within Anobii for users who are interested in a topic. Any user can create groups, participate and interact with other users on different topics.

  7. ISBN

    An ISBN is a numeric code which identifies a specific edition and it is usually found on the back of a book

    ISBN

    Sometimes, instead of on the inside cover, the ISBN can be found in the colophon or on the last page before the inside cover. Each ISBN can be written in two formats, consisting of 10 or 13 digits. The 13-digit format is different from the corresponding 10-digit code as it includes the 978- prefix and (usually) a different final digit. For example, writing 8807818574 or 9788807818578 is exactly the same thing, and Anobii pages use both formats:

    ISBN-10: 8807818574
    ISBN-13: 9788807818578

    Not all numeric codes are ISBNs. ISSN codes, for example, start with 977-, not 978-, and are not used on Anobii pages. Using ISBNs is the quickest way to add a book to your shelf.

  8. My Shelf

    Your shelf is the place where you can add the books you have read, are reading, or are about to read.

  9. OPAC

    An OPAC is a library catalogue that can be accessed via Internet (On-line Public Access Catalogue). Anobii's librarians use OPACs to verify the data related to all requests. This is a list of the most important national OPACs in several languages:

  10. Privacy

    You can manage your privacy settings as follows:

    • Hide books on your shelf - there may be books on your shelf that you do not wish others to see. In the "Privacy" section of the book editing page, click "Hide from others"
    • Open or anonymous visits - To set your visits to other users' shelves as public or private, go to "Settings-others-open/anonymous visits".
  11. Reprints

    A reprint is a published book that is republished in an identical form. Reprints often have a new cover: Anobii does not create a separate page, but adds the different covers to the same edition's page.

  12. RSS

    RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication": a simple and automatic way to be kept up-to-date on new content from your favourite websites. Thanks to RSS you do not need to visit websites regularly looking for updates, as these are directly sent to you.

  13. Shared ISBN

    An ISBN code is shared whenever a publisher uses an ISBN that was previously used for another book. Anobii's database is based on the biunivocal correspondence between ISBNs and book pages, and does not allow to create multiple pages for the same ISBN. Therefore, whenever an ISBN is shared, the ISBN is assigned to the book page first requested by a user for that ISBN. If, at a later stage, it is necessary to create another page for the other title sharing the same ISBN, a user has two options:

    1. Adding the same title but in a different format (e.g. the eBook instead of the paperback, especially if they have the same cover) and adding a private note to say that they actually own the paper edition instead of the eBook;
    2. Requesting a page without ISBN to be created, and adding the note "ISBN XXXXXX shared with link to the other book sharing the same ISBN" in the Description field.
  14. Tags

    You can use tags to categorize books or to create sub-lists on your shelf. You can create tags using the "by tag" button on your shelf, or simply in the "Edit" section of each book you have on your shelf.

  15. Wish list

    This is where you add books that you wish to get hold of in the future.

HOW DO I:
Main Tasks
  1. Add a book not present on Anobii

    Before adding a book you must ensure that this is not already present in the Anobii database (click here to find out how to find books on Anobii). After confirming that the page is not in the database, you can request a new page to be created via this page http://www.Anobii.com/suggest_book. All fields of the request form must be completed using upper- and lower-case letters normally, and never using upper-case or lower-case letters only. If you remember to complete all fields, even those that are not strictly required, you will help us create better pages and you will allow the librarians to process your request more quickly. After you enter the information and complete the process, the request will be assessed by the librarians and you will be notified via email once the page is published.

    Here are some tips on what information to enter in the various fields of the form.

    A. Cover
    In the first section you can upload the cover image (click here to find out how to add a cover to your book).

    B. ISBN
    When filling in this section, please keep this in mind:

    • Always include the ISBN in the request; the field is not listed as required only because not all books have an ISBN.
    • Not all numeric codes are ISBNs: for example ISSN, i.e. 13-digit codes starting with 977-, cannot be entered in this field.
    • Anobii only accepts 13-digits ISBNs starting with 978-. It is not possible to use new ISBN codes starting with 979-, and books whose ISBN starts with 979- must therefore be requested by leaving the ISBN field blank and writing instead the ISBN starting with 979- in the Description field.
    • If are sure that your book does not have an ISBN, you can request a non-ISBN page, leaving this field blank but making sure to fill in all the others (even those that are not marked as required) as thoroughly and precisely as possible.
    • Non-ISBN pages cannot be created for eBooks (which are only accepted by Anobii if they have an ISBN) and self-published paper books unless they are included in library catalogues (e.g. in an OPAC).
    • You can request a non-ISBN page only for editions, not reprints.
    • Even if no ISBN is printed on your book and you submitted a request for a non-ISBN page, librarians may create a page which includes an ISBN. This is not a mistake, but an instance of backdated ISBN.
    • In some instances the same ISBN can belong to two different books: these are shared ISBNs.

    C. Languages
    When filling in this section, please keep this in mind:

    • Select the language in which the edition you own is written, and not the original language in which the work was written: when requesting an Italian edition, for example, you must select "Libri italiani" and not "English Books".
    • If multiple languages appear in the book, please select the main language.
    • For multilingual editions where no main language can be identified, please select the language spoken in the country where the publisher is based.
    • For books in Latin and Ancient Greek, please select the edition language.

    D. Title
    Here you will find the instructions on how to complete this section:

    • As for all other sections, upper- and lower-case letters must be used according to spelling rules, even if the title on the cover is written entirely in upper-case or lower-case letters.
    • The complete form of the title is the one appearing on the title page, and not the one on the cover (where it is sometimes shortened or modified to suit graphic or advertising needs).
    • For works consisting of several volumes like "The Lord of the Rings" the title section must include the title of the work followed by the volume, and the subtitle section must include the specific title of that volume. For example, "The Lord of the Rings, Vol. 1" as a title and "The Fellowship of the Ring" as a subtitle. The title must be differentiated by specifying the volume number to avoid merging mistakes in the event of automatic merging.
    • For comics, titles must include series and issue, and subtitles must include the title of the specific issue. Titles must be distinguished by specifying the issue number in order to avoid merging mistakes in case of automatic merging. E.g. "East of West, Vol. 2" as title and "We Are All One" as subtitle:http://www.Anobii.com/books/East_of_West,_Vol_2/9781607068556/0142f26ffccfd4ba44/
    • To avoid problems when searching, the number format must not have leading zeros ("5" instead of "05" or "005").
    • For magazines, the title must always include the issue number or reference period, in order to avoid merging mistakes in case of automatic merging.

    E. Subtitle
    This section must include the actual subtitle, and not the blurb on the cover. Blurbs on the cover, i.e. the sentences often featured on the cover to promote books (e.g. "the literary sensation of the year", "the new masterpiece from the author of X") are not subtitles. The actual subtitle is found on the title page of the back, not on the cover.

    When filling in this section, please keep this in mind:

    F. Authors
    When filling in this section, please keep this in mind:

    • If there are multiple authors or editors, e.g. 4, you must include all four, and write each name on a separate line (by clicking "Add more"), otherwise the system will consider them all as parts of a single name.
    • For anthologies, you must include the editor's (or editors') name, by selecting "Editor" in the drop-down menu; please avoid using "Various Authors". The names of the various authors may be included by selecting "Author" and writing each name on a separate line (by clicking "Add more")
    • For magazines, especially if an ISBN is not present, please include the name of the Chief Editor, by selecting "Editor" in the drop down menu.
    • For each name you must select the correct role in the drop-down menu: e.g. "Translator", "Colorist" (for comics), "Reader" (for audio books) and so on. A "Contributor" is someone who is not a main author but drafted a specific part of the text, like a glossary or a bibliography, while "Collaborator" means a person who collaborated to the work without being responsible for any specific part (listed in the title page under "with the collaboration of)"). "Corporate Author" is used for authors who are not individuals, e.g. organisations and associations. For comics, the Penciler goes under "Illustrator" the Inker under "Artist" the Colorist under "Colorist", the Letterer under "Calligrapher".
    • For comics, please use the pen name and not the real name, e.g. "Stan Lee" and not "Stanley Martin Lieber".
    • For authors writing under multiple names please use only the main name and mention the other name in the Description field. For examples, books written by Stephen King under the pseudonym "Richard Bachman" have "Stephen King" listed as the author (to allow the correct grouping with other books written by King on the author's page) and may bear the note "Written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman" in the description field.
    • For anonymous texts (e.g. "Beowulf" and "On the Sublime") please mention the Editor.
    • For transliterations from different writing systems (e.g. Russian, Greek, or Japanese names), every language uses a different format. For example, you cannot enter the Italian "Platone" on a page in English, where you must use the English "Plato", where "Platón" will be used for pages in Spanish.
    • Please do not use titles like "Prof.", "Dr.", "Card.", "Saint", "PhD" and so on.

    G. Format
    Here are the formats available, in the order in which they appear in the drop-down menu. Starting from the top:

    • Mass Market Paperback
    • Paperback
    • Hardcover
    • Audio CD
    • Audio Cassette
    • Leather Bound
    • Board Book
    • Library Binding
    • School & Library Binding
    • Boxset
    • Softcover
    • Unbound
    • Others (particularly for publications with no ISBN, please state the format in "Description"
    • eBook

    H. Edition
    Please specify an edition and not a reprint.

    I. Edition date
    Please specify an edition date and not a reprint date. For non-ISBN pages of periodical publications (e.g. comics) it is necessary to specify the month as well, and for weekly or more frequent periodical publications, also the day.

    L. Publisher
    Please only use the name of the publishing company, without "Publishing" or "Publishers". The series and issue may be included in brackets, right after the name of the publisher (with the exception of certain series like Urania and Gialli Mondadori, where the series is listed under "Subtitle").

    M. Pages
    Please include the last number printed in Arabic numerals in the volume you own. For eBooks and audio books please enter the number of pages stated by the publisher, or the number of pages of the paper version if an identical one exists (same publisher and same cover).

    N. Description
    When filling in this section, please keep this in mind:

    • You must enter a description of the book and not a personal comment, review, or quote.
    • Official descriptions are provided by some OPACs or on the publishers' websites.
    • Descriptions must match the page language. For example, you cannot add a description in Italian on a page written in French.
    • The "Description" field can also include information on any issues related to the page, for example in case of a shared ISBN or an ISBN starting with 979-.
  2. Add a cover to my book

    You can submit your request to add your cover in two ways:

    1. On the book's page, by clicking "Improve data of this book" and then "Add/Replace book cover".
    2. From your shelf, by clicking "Edit" under the book's picture. This will open a new window, and by clicking "Covers" on the top you will be able to choose one of the available covers or upload a new one.

    It is important to keep in mind that:

    • Anobii has different pages for different editions, and the cover must match a specific edition and therefore to the ISBN.
    • The same ISBN can be reprinted more than once with different covers, all of which valid for that ISBN. If your book has a different cover (but the ISBN is the one appearing on the book's page), you can ask to add your cover to the ones already available.
    • On the other hand, you can ask for a cover already available on the page to be replaced with yours only in the event that the current cover image is wrong, or if you want to upload an image which the same as the available cover image but of a better quality (e.g. a higher-definition photograph).
    • Please use JPEG or GIF images. The image you upload must be of the actual cover, not an image of other parts like a title page, and must not include elements from online shops.
  3. Add books to my Shelf

    Your shelf is the place where you can add the books you have read, are reading, or are about to read. There are different ways to add a book to your shelf. You can use the "Add to shelf" box which is found in the top left corner on "My Shelf"; simply click"+Shelf"on the book's page; or click "Add" under the book you want to add while you are visiting another user's shelf. The last two methods also allow you to choose if you want to add the book to your shelf or to your wish list.

  4. Add books to my Wish list

    Your wish list is the place where you add books that you wish to get hold of in the future. There are two ways to add books to your wish list. You can either click "+Wish list" on the book's page, or click "Add" under the book you want to add while you are visiting another user's shelf.

  5. Add images to the book

    If you have already added the book to your shelf you can add images directly on the bookpage by clicking on the Images tab.

  6. Add Kindle eBooks to my Shelf

    You can only add Kindle eBooks to your shelf if they have an ISBN code.

  7. Add multiple books to my shelf at the same time

    On "My Shelf", click "Import".

  8. Add Music and Videos to the book

    If you have already added the book to your shelf you can add Music and Videos directly on the bookpage by clicking on the "Music and Videos" tab.

  9. Add Notes to the book

    If you have already added the book to your shelf you can add public or private notes directly on the bookpage by clicking the Notes tab, or by clicking "Edit/review" then "Notes" on the book on your shelf.

  10. Add Quotes to the book

    If you have already added the book to your shelf you can add quotes directly on the bookpage by clicking the Quotes tab, or by clicking "Edit/review" then "Quotes" on the book on your shelf.

  11. Categorise books on My Shelf

    You can use tags to categorise books or to create sub-lists on you shelf. You can create tags through "by tag" on "My Shelf", or directly in the "Edit" section of each book you have on your shelf.

  12. Change a wrong book cover

    If the cover present on the book page does not fulfil the criteria set out in how to "Add a cover for my book" you can request that it be removed by clicking "Improve data of this book" and then "Remove wrong book cover".

  13. Edit multiple books on my shelf at the same time

    Go to "My Shelf" and click "Bulk edit". You will be able to quickly edit privacy, reading progress, dates and ratings for any of your books.

  14. Export my shelf and wish list

    Go to "My Shelf" and click "Export data". You will be able to export your shelf or your wish list into excel, csv or html format. Click "Forward" and you will receive the data via e-mail.

  15. Find a book on Anobii

    The search engine found in the top right corner on all pages can recognise titles, ISBNs, authors' and publishers' names. Books can also be found filling in multiple fields by clicking on "Advanced search" on http://www.Anobii.com/searchLooking for a book by entering its ISBN is the method that gives the best results.

    If your book does not have an ISBN code and the search did not return the results you were hoping for, you have two options:

    1. Search via the author's page (e.g. author's page for Ursula Curtiss)
    2. Search via the groups dedicated to a specific kind of publication. Some examples:
  16. Group comments and ratings for different editions of the same book (merge)

    The merge function allows to group comments, ratings, and owners of different editions of the same book, both in the same language and in different languages. You can submit a merge request by clicking "Improve data of this book" on the book's page and then "Suggest other editions or languages of this book".

    It is important to keep in mind that:

    • The book "X" cannot be merged with the book "X and Other Stories";
    • A book containing several novels cannot be merged with a book containing a single novel (e.g. "Madame Bovary & Jane Eyre" cannot be merged with "Madame Bovary" and/or "Jane Eyre");
    • The book "X" (complete edition) cannot be merged with the book "X Vol. I" and/or "X Vol. II";
    • Different books of a series cannot be merged (e.g. different volumes of "Harry Potter").

    If you see wrong groupings, you can submit an unmerge request by clicking "Improve data of this book" on the book's page and then "Report wrong grouping of books".

  17. Improve data on a page containing incomplete or wrong information

    To submit a request to change an existing page, you can click "Improve data of this book" and then "Improve book details" on the book's page.

    It is important to keep in mind that:

    • While filling in the various fields of a change request, you must follow the same instructions given in the FAQ "Add a book not present on Anobii"
    • If a page includes an ISBN, all data must match that ISBN. For example, if the ISBN does not match the title and author, it is the title and author that need to be corrected, and not ISBN that needs to be changed. Similarly, if the cover does not match the ISBN, it is the cover that needs to be changed.
    • An ISBN cannot be replaced with another, nor can it be deleted, unless it is a false ISBN, i.e. a numeric code that is not an ISBN and was entered by mistake (e.g., if the code is an ISSN and not an ISBN).
    • If a page is missing an ISBN but that edition is supposed to have one, the missing ISBN can be added to the page only if that ISBN is not already present on another Anobii page.
    • A change request can only be used to complete or correct an existing page. A change request cannot be submitted to change a page of a particular edition to another edition. If the edition one is looking for is not present in the database, a request can be made for a new page to be created.
  18. Rate a book

    Go to the book's page and simply click on the stars, or click "Edit/review" then "Records" on the book on your shelf. This action will automatically add the book on your shelf.

  19. Remove a book from my shelf

    Click "Edit" on the book's page to access the book editing page. Click "Remove this book from Shelf" in the "Records" tab.

  20. Review a book

    If you have already added the book to your shelf you can add reviews directly on the bookpage by clicking "Write a Review", or by clicking "Edit/review" then "Reviews" on the book on your shelf.

  21. Update my reading progress on a book

    If you have already added the book to your shelf you can update the reading progress directly on the bookpage by clicking "Change your reading progress" or by clicking "Edit/review" then "Reading progress" on the book on your shelf.

Collections
  1. Add books to a Collection

    To add books to a collection, select the collection and click "Add Book to the Collection".

  2. Create a Collection

    You can only add books to a collection if they are already on your shelf. To create a collection, click "Collections" in the navigation bar. On the "Collections" page, click "Create Collection", fill in the requested fields and then click "Create".

  3. Follow a Collection

    To follow a collection, select the collection you want to follow and click "Following". You can follow multiple collections.

  4. Share a Collection

    To share a collection via social media, blog and via mail, select the collection you want to share and click the dedicated buttons.

Groups
  1. Add books to a Group's Collection

    You can add books to a group's collection only if you have joined that group (see "Join a group"). To add books, join the group, go to the "Home" page or to "Collections" and click "Add books to Collection". You can add books to a collection only if they are already on you shelf and if the group's creator allows it.

  2. Create a group

    Click "Groups" on the navigation bar. On the "Groups" page, click "Create a new group", fill in the required fields and then click "Create Group".

  3. Join a group

    To join a group, select the group you want to join and click "Join this Group?". You can join multiple groups.

  4. Participate in discussions within a group

    You can participate in discussions within a group only if you have joined the group (see "Join a group"). To participate in a discussion, join the group, go to "Discussions", click the discussion in which you want to participate, add your post in the message box and click "Post". You can participate in multiple discussions in multiple groups.

  5. Start a discussion within a group

    You can start discussions within a group only if you are a member of that group (see "Join a group"). To start a new discussion, join the group, go to "Discussions" and click "Start a new discussion". You can start multiple discussions in multiple groups.

Social Media/Contacts
  1. Add friends and neighbours

    Friends are people you know. Neighbours are people you don't know, but whose updates you still want to follow. To add a user as a friend or neighbour, click "Following" on the user's profile page.

  2. Discover users who share my tastes

    You can find users with similar tastes in the section "Contacts-Discover" or by browsing profiles via the "Compatibility" tool.

  3. Find users on Anobii

    To find specific users within the Community, click "Contacts" in the navigation bar, enter the username or the e-mail address of the person you are looking for in the dedicated search box, and click "Search".

  4. Invite other contacts to Anobii

    To invite new people to join the Anobii community, click "Contacts" in the navigation bar, and select one of the options in the "Invite" section:

    • Facebook Connect
    • Search your email contacts
    • Upload contact list
    • Enter contacts manually
  5. Leave a public message on another user's profile page

    Go to the user's profile page and write your message in the "Shoutbox" at the bottom of the page.

  6. Recommend a book

    On the book's page, click "Tell a friend". From there you can suggest a book to your Anobii friends or via e-mail by entering the e-mail address of the person to whom you want to recommend the book. Contacts shown in italic are users who:

    • Already own the book;
    • Have already been told about this book;
    • Have already seen the book on your Shelf because they follow you as a friend or neighbour or via RSS feed.
  7. Remove a friend or neighbour

    Go to "Contacts" and click the bin icon under the username, or go to the profile page of the user you want to remove, click "friend" or "neighbour" and then "remove".

  8. Send private messages to users

    Go to the user's profile and click "Message". You can access your conversations with other users by going to "Messages" in the navigation bar.

  9. Keep up to date on a Shelf that I like

    Add the person as a friend or neighbour, or keep track of them in order to be notified of future updates. To do that, you simply have to click "RSS Feeds" under a user's shelf.

Privacy
  1. Hide a book on my Shelf from others

    There may be books on your shelf that you do not wish others to see. In the "Privacy" section of the book editing page, click "Hide from others".

  2. Make a previously hidden book visible to other users

    In the "Privacy" section of the book editing page, un-tick "Hide from others".

  3. View other users' profile and shelves anonymously

    To make your visits to other users' shelves open or private, go to "Settings-Others - Open/Anonymous visits".

Other Tasks
  1. Create a "My Shelf" Badge for my blog

    A Blog Badge is a miniature shelf that you can add to your blog. Every time you update your shelf on Anobii, the blog badge will be automatically updated. You can click "Create a Blog Badge" from "Preferences" or from "My Shelf".

  2. See how my shelf looks to others

    Go to "My Shelf" and click "View as visitor".

  3. Swap and trade

    Go to "My Shelf" and click "Manage trading". You will be able to set tradability, conditions, price, and notes for any book on your shelf.

  4. View my stats

    Go to My Shelf and click "Stats". You will be able to see how many times your shelf was visited, who is tracking your shelf, ratings for you reviews, and reading history.

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