Much like Discogs and Filmogs, the master - in this case ‘Work’ page - serves to group together all individual editions of a book title. We hope that as the Bookogs database continues to grow, this view will create a more structured and organised overview of how many versions of an author’s Work exist.
Here’s an example of how it looks in action: Hey Nostradamus!
What is a Work?
For the purpose of Bookogs, a Work is the artistic creation (e.g. novel, short story, poem, play), while the book is the physical, printed manifestation of this Work. A work can be printed and recreated several times; for more popular Works it’s likely there will be many versions of the book in print. Or a Work may appear in many different books, for example, The Complete Works Of Oscar Wilde, or The Complete Works Of Shakespeare.
How does it work:
- When you’re adding a book edition to the database, add the title of the work (novel, short story, poem, etc) to the ‘Work’ field.
- If the book you're submitting contains several works add the title of each of the Works.
- To create a Work page for a book already in the database, edit the page and enter the title in the Work field. To group all versions of a book, you’ll need to do this for each edition of the book.
- All versions, including different translations and transliterations, should be grouped under the same Work page.
- The Work should always be entered as the original title (in the original language) that the work was published under. For example, if you're adding a book like 'Le Meilleur Des Mondes' - a French version of 'Brave New World' - the Work should be entered as 'Brave New World', as the work was first published in English under this title.
You cannot add a ‘Work’ to your Collection or Wantlist, nor can you list a book for sale from this page.