TIPS TO THE NEW ANOBIANS
What is Anobii?
Anobii is a vertical social network, dedicated to book lovers and to all readers.
Anobii is among the richest sources of information on books and, definitively, one of the most independent.
Signing up to Anobii enables you to find useful and interesting information about millions of books.
Moreover, you will get in touch with thousand of readers, with whom you share interests and tastes: you will be able to exchange ideas with them, be informed on their readings and read their comments and their reviews.
On Anobii you will find over two and a half million reviews and twenty-five million ratings, all strictly unbiased and written by other Anobians like you.
On Anobii you can also organize your library and keep track of your readings and, last but not least, exchange your books with other users.
Why should I use Anobii ?
In the following paragraphs you will find a detailed presentation of all the interesting things Anobii enables you to do with books. The presentation is structured by topics. Just to give you a hint, you can: search in the huge books database, built by our subscribers in more than 12 years; create and update your profile and consult those of other Anobians; create your library and your wish-list; catalogue, rate and review the books you read; feed and consult your reading statistics; create, and intervene in, reading groups and discussions; consult other Anobians' libraries, follow other Anobians and exchange personal and public messages with them. In a nutshell, you can take part in the community life, and contribute to enrich it with new contents, ideas and initiatives.
How and why should I open an account on Anobii?
You can browse and search all Anobii's contents without opening an account. We just suggest you to open an account to be active in the community and to engage in activities, like building up your library, writing a review or taking part in reading groups and debates. To open your account, we only ask you a nickname and a valid e-mail. The other information we ask you for are voluntary and optional, although useful to provide you with a better sevice.
SEARCHING IN ANOBII
How does the search work on Anobii?
All Anobii's pages display a big search box, just below the navigation bar (similar to Google's search box).
Just write in the box the word(s) you are looking for (UP), and press the "enter' key on your keyboard.
The search engine will look for all the objects that lie in the Anobii database: books(by author, title and ISBN code and publisher), other Anobians (by nickname or e-mail), reading groups and special libraries.
Should you want to search only among the objects of a specific category, press the Hamburger menu, displayed on the right side of the search box) and select the object you want to search (e.g. only books, or only reading groups).
The advanced search of books is also available: click on the Hamburger menu and select "advanced search").
Boolean operators available on Anobii (how to narrow and focus your search)
By default, Anobii search engine works in "and" mode. That means that it searches all the words you input, in all the fiels of the database, and it shows you the results according to the their frequency (first the items that show a higher frequency).
However, it is possible to narrow and refine the search using Boolean operators.
By inserting the operator OR among the items you are searching, the engine will present all the results that contain every single item you inputted.
By entering the "-" symbol before an item you exclude from the results all the books that include the item preceded by "-". For example, if you digit "war-peace", you will get the books that contain the word "war" in the title or in other fields, but NOT "War and Peace".
The operator "+" widens the search to all words that are similar, or include, the item you inputted after the operator. For example, by searching "+war" you would not only get books that contain the word "war", but also books that comprise the words "warrior", "warm", "warn" "wary", and so on.
Operator " " (quotation marks)
If you want to search an item exactly as it is, you'd better put it between quotation marks. For example, searching "Treasure Island", you would get back only "Treasure Island", and not "Hidden Treasures of the Island" or "The Island of the Treasure".
Operator * (asterisk)
The operator "*" widens the scope of the search to all items that begin with the word preceded by the operator "*". Should you enter "geo*", you would get "geodetic", "geography", "geothermal", "geometry", and so forth.
What is my profile?
You can reach your profile by clicking on the icon with the stick man () , on the upper right side of the navigation bar. Your profile contains all information about you (of course only those pieces of information you decided to insert)..
To get a profile on Anobii you have to sign on and enroll in Anobii. You will be able to edit your profile and change, or update, your data whenever you want. To perform this task, click on the button "Edit profile", which is located just under your nickname in your profile page: an editable form, presenting all the data you have already inputted, will pop up. All you have to do is to input the new info and/or write off the old ones. In the page of your profile you will also find the URL (the web address) of your profile. After successfully enrolling, you will be able to personalize your profile's URL.
What precisely comprise my profile?
In your profile you will find all information about you and your activities in Anobii: the books you have on your shelves, your wish-list, your friends and your followers, your ratings and reviews, your libraries, your reading groups. Moreover, you will find all the statistics on your readings, and the personal information you entered (and that you can always update and change).. Remember that your profile is accessible to (but, of course, not editable by) other Anobians, except for your statistics, your friends and the other pieces of information that you do not wish to disclose (for further details see below: "Your books on Anobii"). From your profile you can also create new libraries and new reading groups.
What are my statistics?
Your statistics are automatically computed by Anobii's engine. They keep you updated about the visits you get on the site, the "likes" your contributions get from other Anobians, and your readings (number of books, pages, and so on). Needless to say, the latter statistics will be available to you only inasmuch you fill in the forms about your readings, inputting when you start reading a book and when you finish it.
To open the form with your readings details, click on the button with the three dots () and then click on "Details" on the drop-down box.
How can I edit the information in my profile?
To edit the information in your profile, all you have to do is to click on "Edit profile" in your profile's page. You will be able to edit your nickname, your personal data (if you ever entered any), your picture and so forth.
What are the "latest in reading"?
Latest in reading are the last two books you inputted into your library and whose status is, according to the information you provided, "reading". Needless to say, the status "reading" will be given only to the books that you flagged (in the form "readings details", see above "What are my statistics?") as begun, but not yet finished or abandoned or yet to begin.
YOUR LIBRARY ON ANOBII
What is my library?
Your library is the collection of all the books you loaded into your shelves (that you are either reading, or have already finished, or yet abandoned, or again to begin). From your library you can perform all tasks that have to do with your books, like rating them, reviewing them, updating their reading status, and so on.
You can reach it by clicking on the library icon () on the navigation bar.
How can I add a book to my library?
To add a book to your shelves, click on the button "Add book"
: a drop-down box will open. Click on "add to your shelves". You will find this button beside the book you want to add. Having said so, the simplest way to add a book to your shelves is to use the scan function of the Anobii's app, which enables you to scan the bar code of the book and automatically input it into your library.
How can I simultaneously add several books to my shelves?
First of all, create a txt file including all the ISBN codes of the books you want to import (see below "what is the ISBN code?") in vertical array. In other word you have to compile an EANs list (consisting of 13 numbers) or ISBNs list (consisting of 10 numbers) perfectly aligned one below the other. Then open your library and click the button with three dots
located on the upper right side of the page, right above your books, beneath the tabs. A drop-down box will pop up. Click on "import multiple ISBN" and a window will open. Input the name of the txt file you have created and then press "enter".
How can I add a book which is not in Anobii's database to my library?
When you search for a book, and the book is not present in the database, the search will show no results, and the message "- TIPS - Can't find the book you're searching for? Create your book form" will appear.
Click on "Create your own book card" and the form "Create book information" will open.
Fill in the form as accurately as possible and then press the button "Confirm".
Your application will be processed by the librarians (see below "who are the librarians").
Once the librarians have checked the information you have entered about the book, you will get a message and the book will be automatically uploaded in your shelves. Should your request not include the requested information, the librarians would reject it, giving you notice.
Please be particularly accurate with the ISBN code, and use capital letters for the initials of Authors and Publishers. Obviously, the more precise the information is, the less work will be needed by the librarians, with great benefit for all the community.
Can I upload an e-book lacking the ISBN code?
No, that is not allowed by our policies.
How can I remove a book from my shelves?
Open your library and click on the button with the books icon
next to the book you want to expunge. A drop-down box will open, just click on "remove from library".
You can perform the same task from the book card, by clicking on the button "added to your shelves", which opens the usual drop-down box.
How can I make invisible to others a book that is in my shelves ?
There might be books on your shelves, that you do not want to be seen by others. To eclipse them just follow the procedure described above ("How can I remove a book from my shelves?"), but click on "make private" instead of "remove from library". Alternatively, you can click on the icon with the three dots, then click on "details", and then on the link "show privacy" which will appear in the dialog box. Finally flag "hide".
How can I export my library?
Go to you library and click the button with the three dots on the upper right side of the page.
A drop-down box will pop-up: click on "export list" and a dialogue box will appear, asking you to choose among the three formats available: CSV, Excel, HTML. Click on the format you want, and a last box will announce to you that you will soon receive an e-mail with the file requested attached. Within a few minutes you will get the mail with the file attached.
How can I search within my books?
Open you library and under the tabs you will find a search box that displays the writing "search among the books of yourname". Enter the title (or part of it) and/or the author you want to search and press "enter" on you keyboard.
What is my wish-list?
Your wish-list is the collection of the books you aim to read in the future
How can I add a book to my wish-list?
All you have to do is to click on the button "Add book" and then on "Add to your wish-list". You will find the button everywhere next to every book.
How can I remove a book from my wish-list?
Open your wish-list and look for the book you want to remove. Then click on the button with the library icon
, next to the book. A drop-down box will open: click on "remove from wish-list". You can perform the same task from the book card, by clicking on the same button
and then on "remove from wish-list"
How can I move a book from my wish-list to my shelves?
Open your wish-list and look for the book you want to move to your library. Then click on the button with the library icon
, next to the book. A drop-down box will open: click on "add to your shelves". You can perform the same task from the book card, by clicking on the same button
Puoi fare la stessa operazione dalla scheda del libro in questione. Anche lì trovi il pulsante col simbolo della libreria
and then on "add to your shelves"). Please be aware that by adding a book to your shelves you will automatically delete it from your wish-list.
How can I hide my wish-list, so that other people cannot see it?
To hide your wish-list to other users, open your wish-list. At the bottom of the page on your left hand side there is a button. Click on it to switch from "off" to "on". Remember that the default value is "off".
There might be only some books in your wish-list you don't want to be seen by others.
To eclipse them just click on the button with the library icon
, next to the book you want to hide and then click on "make private". Alternatively, you can hide it from the book sheet by clicking on the button with the library icon
and then flagging "make private".
How can I export my wish-list?
Go to you wish-list and then click on the button with the three dots on the left side of the page. A drop-down box will pop up: click on "export list", and a dialogue box will appear, asking you to choose among the three formats available: CSV, Excel, HTML. Click on the format you want, and a last box will announce to you that you will soon receive an e-mail with the requested file attached. Within a few minutes you will get the mail with the file attached in the format you requested
ACTIVITIES ON ANOBII
What are my contributions?
Your contributions comprise all activities you can perform about a book. Contributions are extremely valuable. You can review books, associate them with music and images, take notes, and highlight quotes. In other words, you can not only express yourself and your opinions and feelings, but also to get them across. As a matter of fact, your contributions are public and they will be read or seen by the whole community; and you yourself will be able to do the same with all other Anobians' contributions.
Reviews can be as long as you wish.
Images are all kind of pictures, drawings, visuals, that you particularly like and associate with a book.
Quotes are excerpts, passages and pieces of a book, that you especially (dis)like or that struck you for whatever reason, that you want to store.
Notes are your comments to a book or to a single passages of it.
Videos are short footages that you associate to a book.
What are the books in exchange?
The books in exchange are the books you want to exchange or sell.
How can I Exchange a book?
Choose from your shelves the book you wish to exchange and click on the button displaying the three-dot icon .
A drop-down menu will open and by clicking on "details" you will open a dialogue window. Click on "show exchange" and a form will appear. Fill in the form setting up the details of the exchange and/or sale.
How can I rate a book?
The simplest way is to open your shelves and click on the stars next to the book you want to rate. You can also use a half star.
You can do the same operation from the book card and from the streaming environment (clicking on the pencil icon ).
How can I update the reading status of a book?
Choose from your shelves the book whose status you want to modify, and click on the button with the three-dot icon .
Then click on "details". A drop-down menu will open and you will be able to edit the reading status of the book ("not started, reading, not finished, finished, abandoned, reference"). You can perform the same task from the book card and in the "streaming" page, by clicking on the icon displaying a white pencil on a blue background .
When you are finished with the updating, please remember to click on the button "save" at the bottom of the dialog box.
How can I tag my books?
Open your library and go to the book you want to tag.
Click on the three-dot button and then click on "details" on the drop-down box.
A dialog box will pop up, in which some default tags are presented to you.
You will be able to both retain the proposed tags and/or create your own personal tags.
You can do the same thing from the book card by clicking on the link "Edit your book details" and from the "streaming" and "your profile" pages, by clicking on the icon depicting a white pencil on a blue background .
How can I delete a tag associated to one or more books?
On your "shelves" page, under the search box you will find your tags (in red). Click on the tag you want to delete and two icons will appear. Click on the trash bin icon and the tag will be deleted.
How can I edit a tag associated with one or more books?
On your "shelves" page, under the search box you will find your tags (in red). Click on the tag you want to edit and two icons will appear. Click on the pencil icon and a dialog box will pop up.
In the box you will find (first) a list of all the books associated with the tag you are editing, and (thereafter) of all your books. On top of the list there is the name of the tag.
You can now change the name of the tag just by overwriting the new name over the old one. That done, click on "confirm".
Anobii will attribute the new tag to all the books you have selected in the underlying list.
Should you wish to attribute the new tag only to some of the books that were tagged with the old tag, please read below.
How can I edit the books associated to a tag?
On your "shelves" page, under the search box you will find your tags (in red). Click on the tag you want to edit and two icons will appear. Click on the pencil icon and a dialog box will pop up. In the box you will find (first) a list of all the books associated with the tag you are editing and (thereafter) of all your books. You can tag a new book (with the tag you are editing, of course)by selecting it from the list of all your books. Conversely, you can decouple a book from a tag it was associated with before, by deselecting it.
To make your tags editing easier and quicker we built the editor in such a way that if you modify a tag and deselect some of the books associated with that tag, the modified tag will be associated only to the books you will select. The ones which you don't select and that were tagged with the old tag , will keep the old tag.
How can I write a book review?
From your shelves go to the book you want to review. Click on the button with the three-dot icon and a drop-down box will appear.
Click on "contributions" and a dialog box will pop up. Click on the "reviews" button and write your review. Then click on "post". You can perform the same task in several other ways: on the book card by clicking on the blue link "your contributions" or by clicking the button "add review", or, again, by clicking on the icon depicting a white pencil on a blue background .
How can I improve data quality of a book card?
If you deem the information on a book card as wrong or just incomplete, you can contribute to the community by correcting and/or completing the data.
Open the book card you want to correct and then click on the blue pencil icon .
A drop-down menu will appear: click on "improve details". A dialog box will pop up. On the dialog box you will find all the pieces of information about the book. You can edit all the fields and/or complete them. The only field you won't be able to modify is the ISBN code. If the ISBN does not match the book you can ask to modify the other data and NOT the ISBN code.
How can I change the cover of a book because it is wrong?
Open the book card whose cover you want to change and then click on the blue pencil icon .
A drop-down menu will appear: click on "add cover change". Once you have done that, a dialog box will pop up; follow the instruction to upload a new cover picture.
How can I merge together different editions of a book?
From the book card click on the icon depicting a blue pencil .
A drop down menu will appear, whose first item is "suggest other editions or languages". Click on it and the pertinent form will pop up.
The "merge" is very important since it allows to group different editions under a single work.
When you gather different editions of the same work you also bring together the related reviews and ratings and book owners.
Remember that single works should not be merged with collections.
So, for example, "Benito Cereno" and "Bartleby the Scribener and Benito Cereno" are NOT the same book to Anobii.
How can I suggest a book to a friend?
Open the book card of the book you want to suggest and click on the blue link "tell a friend". A dialog box will pop up. Fill in the fields.
COLLECTIONS ON ANOBII
What are the collections?
The Collections are list of books, created by users, that share some features (in the eyes of the users). Every Anobian can start a new collection, follow collections created by other users and add books to a collection (if public). Collections help Anobians to find new interesting, exciting books, which is one of the main goals of Anobii.
What collections are to be found in my profile?
In your profile there are both the collections that you created and those you follow.
How can I start a new collection?
Open your profile and then click on the tab "collections" on your left hand side.
The page "collections" has two tabs: "follow" and "personal". Click on the latter.
A page will open which comprises all your collections.
On the right upper side of the page there is a blue button that says "create collection".
Click on the button and a dialog box will pop up. Fill in the blanks (title, description) and push "confirm".
The new collection will be listed at the bottom of the page of your collections.
How can I add books to a collection?
Go to the collection you want to add a book to. You will find a blue button which says "add"
Click on it and a dialog box will pop up. From the dialog box you will be able to add as many books as you wish to the collection. You can add books from your shelves, your wish-list and from the Anobii database.
How can I delete a collection?
Needless to say, you can only delete the collections you created. From your profile click on the tab "personal", then click on the icon of the trash bin which lies under the collection you want to cancel.
How can I find new collections?
Digit the keywords you want to find in a collection in the search box and then press the "enter" key. By selecting "collections" from the Hamburger menu
on your right hand side the search will be narrowed only to collections.
How can I start/stop to follow a collection?
Go to the page of the collection and click on "follow" if you want to follow it, or on "do not follow" if you don't want to follow it any longer.
GROUPS ON ANOBII
What is a group?
Groups are communities of users who share a common interests in specific topics/books/genres. Every Anobian can create a group and take part in other groups.
What groups can be found in my profile?
In your profile's page you can find all the groups that you created, that you follow and the ones you have been invited to follow.
How can I invite someone to follow a group?
Go to the page of the relevant group (that you have either created, or that you follow). Click on the blue link "invite" and a dialog box will open. Follow the instructions as to invite other people.
How can I start a new group on Anobii?
From your profile's page open the group page and then select the tab "created". A page displaying all the groups you have started will appear. On your right hand side a blue button will appear with the "create group" writing. Click on the button and a dialog box will open. By filling in the fields of the dialog box, you will be able to edit all details of the new group and to set up the rules of the group.
How can I start a new discussion within a group?
Open the page of the relevant group and click on "discussions". Then click on the button depicting three dots
A drop-down menu will roll down: click on "start a discussion". A dialog box will pop up. Fill in the fields to edit all information about the new discussion. Alternatively, click on the blue button "start discussion"
and follow the same procedure.
How can I take part in a discussion?
Of course you have to be enrolled in Anobii and to be member of the group that opened the discussion. Go to the discussion hp and you will find a box in which you can write your comments. Write and then click on the "post" button.
How can I add books into the collection of a group?
If you are the founder of the group, all you have to do is open the relevant group hp and then click on "collection".
Then click on the three-dot icon on the your right hand side and a roll-down menu will appear. Click on "add book" and you will be able to pick up and upload into the collection as many books as you wish from your shelves, your wish-list and Anobii's database.
How can I follow a group?
All you have to do is enter the hp of the pertinent group and click on the button "follow". If the group is on invitation your application will be evaluated by the founder of the group.
How can I find groups on Anobii?
Enter the key words into the search box that you will find on every page of Anobii. If you want to narrow the outcomes to groups only, click on the Hamburger menu in the search box and select "groups".
How can I discover new groups?
Click on the "community" tab on the toolbar and then select "groups" from the roll-down menu. You will land on the groups' hp where you will be able to browse through the groups setting various parameters, such as popularity, topic and updating date.
DISCUSSIONS ON ANOBII
What is a discussion?
A discussion is the virtual place where Anobians share and discuss their opinions about a specific topic. To take part in a discussion you must be member of the group in which the discussion takes place.
How can I check for updates to the discussions?
To check updates of the discussions from last time you logged in, click on the tab "discussions" on your profile, and then on the tab "updates".
How can i check updates of the discussions I started?
o check updates of the discussions you started from last time you logged in, click on the tab "discussions" on your profile, and then on the tab "opened by me".
Can I start a discussion outside a group?
No that would be impossible.
How can I start a discussion?
There are two ways to do it. You can enter the relevant group and click the button with the three-dot icon .
A menu will roll down. Click on "start a discussion". A dialog box will pop up and it will guide you step by step through the configuration of the new discussion.
Alternatively, you can enter the relevant group's hp and click on the tab "discussions" on your left hand side.
A blue button which says "start discussion" will appear.
Click on it and the aforementioned dialog box will pop up. Then follow the instructions.
How can I report spam messages or offences within a discussion?
You can report such abuses by clicking on the three-dot button and selecting "report abuse". The button is located both next to the name of the discussion (to report an inappropriate discussion) and next to every single contribution (to report a single contribution as unfair).
Can I close a discussion?
You surely can, provided that you are the one who started it. If that is the case, click on the three-dot button , and then select "close the discussion". From that moment on it will be impossible to post new contributions to the discussion.
Can I restart a closed discussion?
Yes you can, provided that you are the beginner of the discussion. If that is the case, click on the three-dot button , and then select "reopen the discussion". From that moment on it will be possible to post new contributions to the discussion.
Can I change the order in which the interventions are displayed?
Yes, it is possible to change the order of the interventions by clicking on the icon with the three dots next to each single intervention and selecting what kind of ordering you want (from the most recent to the oldest or vice versa).
Can I modify my contributions?
Yes you can change them, but only within 15 minutes from their publication. Click on the three-dot icon and select "edit comment".
Can I delete my contributions?
Yes you can always delete them by clicking on the three-dot icon and selecting "delete comment".
MY CONTACTS ON ANOBII
What are my contacts?
If you click on the tab "my contacts" in your profile, a page with three tabs will appear: the tab "following you" that will lead you to the people who are follwing you, the tab "you follow" that will open the page of the people you are following, and the tab "new" which will present to you people who might be interested in.
Who are my followers?
They are people who are interested in your library and in your contributions, and therefore decided to follow you.
What does it mean to follow someone?
If you are interested in someone's activities on Anobii, you might choose to follow her/him and thus be promptly informed about her/his activities.
Who are the "new" contacts?
They are people with whom you probably share tastes, and thence you are proposed to follow.
How can start following someone?
Click on the button "follow"
on the user's profile you want to start following.
How can I search for a user on Anobii?
If you know who you are looking for, digit her/his nickname or e-mail address in the search bar and then open the Hamburger menu
and click on "Anobians". If you want to browse through different profiles to find users who might be interesting for you to follow, click on the tab "community" and then select "Anobians" from the drop-down menu.
How can I invite my friends to join Anobii?
Go to your profile and click on "contacts". Then open the tab "new" and click on "import contacts"
. Then you will be able to import a list of your friends from either outlook, Gmail, Facebook, or a spreadsheet. Anobii will first check whether they are already enrolled in Anobii and then automatically send an invitation e-mail to those who aren't.
How can I send a private message to another Anobian?
There are two ways to send a private message to another user:
a) You can open the profile of the Anobian you want to message and then click on the mail icon
, next to the button "follow". An editor will pop up and enable you to write the message.
b) Alternatively you can click on the mail icon
that you can find on the navigation toolbar on every page. Then click on "new message"
and the message editor will pop up.
How can I send a public message to another Anobian?
Go to the profile of the Anobian you want to publicly message and select "activities". At the end of the page that will open, you will find "the wall of username" where you can write and send your message. Remember that everybody can read the public messages you post.
How can I cut off unwelcome followers from my profile?
On your profile click on 'CONTACTS' and then on the tab 'FOLLOWING YOU'. As you can see, now two buttons appear under the profile of your followers: the old one, which enables you to follow them in return (FOLLOW/FOLLOWING), and the new one, that gives you the opportunity to prevent them from following you (BLOCK). Once you have clicked on the 'BLOCK' button, a dialog box will appear and ask you to confirm your choice. If you confirm, the undesired follower will disappear from your profile and you will be deleted from his.
MY SETTINGS AND MY PRIVACY ON ANOBII
How can I change my settings on Anobii?
Click on the gear icon which is on the toolbar. A drop-down menu will open: select the settings you want to change.
How can I set up my privacy settings?
Click on the gear icon which is on the toolbar. A drop-down menu will open. Click on "privacy" and the privacy settings will appear. Change them.
How can I manage my language settings?
Click on the gear icon which is on the toolbar. A drop-down menu will open. Click on "language" and set your preferences.
Rankings: the page of the rankings presents the rankings of the most popular books on Anobii by genre and language.
Collections: the page of the collections allows you to browse through the Anobian's collections.
Genre: this page allows you to browse through the books according to the genre they were associated to by the community.
Groups: the hp of the groups allows you to browse through the most recent and/or popular groups.
Discussions: the hp of the discussions introduces you to the most recent and/or popular discussions
Anobians: this page presents you the most active users and the ones you have the closest affinity to your literary tastes.
DO YOU NEED ANY HELP?
I don't find the mail that confirms my registration to Anobii, what should I do?
Check the spam and trash folders. If it isn't there, contact us at: [email protected]
I don't remember my password, what shall I do?
Open the login page and click on the link "did you forget your password". A form will open: follow the instructions and you will be able to reset your password.
Why can't you just send me my password?
We don't actually know your password. To protect your privacy, your password is encrypted with an unidirectional encryption system that makes your password indecipherable.
Can a hacker reset my password?
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LIBRARIANS, ISBN, CATALOGUING AND OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
Who are the librarians?
The librarians are members of the community, who particularly care about the community's life. They are the "gatekeepers" of Anobii's book database: they check that your requests of insertion of new books/information/covers into the database are correct.
What does ISBN mean?
ISBN is the acronym of International Standard Book Number. It is a code that identifies univocally a book edition. It is usually printed on the back cover of the book
More rarely you might find the ISBN under the colophon or on the last page before the back cover. Every ISBN might come in two formats, with either 10 or 13 digits. The 13-digit code differs from the 10-digit one because it begins with the three-digit code 978 and usually displays a different final digit. For example the code 8807818574 and the code 978880781578 are the exact same thing, in that they denote the same book. Anobii uses and recognize both formats:
There are other numeric codes than ISBN. For example ISS begins with the three digits 977, and it is not recognized by Anobii. Using an ISBN code is the fastest way to add books to your shelves.
What is a shared ISBN?
An ISBN is shared when a publisher uses for a new edition of a book the ISBN code that was given to an older one. Anobii's database is based on the one-to-one correspondence. Therefore, it does not allow to create more than one book card for each ISBN. In the case of a shared ISBN, the ISBN will be associated with the first book card created for that ISBN (first come first served). If you want to create another book card for the other book (edition) associated with the same ISBN, you will have two options:
Add a book card for the same title, but in a different format (e.g. the e-book instead of the paperback) and add a private note that says you have the paperback and NOT the e-book,
Ask the librarian to accept your card without ISBN, digiting in the field "description" the phrase "ISBN X shared" and adding a link to the card of the book that shares the same ISBN.
What is an retroactive ISBN?
What is OPAC?
OPAC is the acronym for On-line Public Access Catalogue. Anobii's librarians use OPACs to check the info of your requests. Below you will find a list of the most important OPACs for several different languages.
What is a reprint/reprinting?
When a publisher prints a books that it had published before, and keeps it identical, it is called a reprint.
Sometimes the cover is modified, while the text remains unchanged: in this case, on Anobii you do not create a separate card, but you add the different covers to the same book card.