field for eBook ISBN

2009-03-04
2013-05-28
  • Knut Krüger
    Knut Krüger
    2009-03-04

    It seems that tere is a second ISBN Number for e-books

    http://www.springerlink.com/content/gr1726/front-matter.pdf

    Or do you think that there should be added  two records in the database - one for print and one for e-book?

    Regards Knut

     
    • Hi Knut,

      > It seems that tere is a second ISBN Number for e-books

      Yes, that's correct.

      > Or do you think that there should be added  two records in the
      > database - one for print and one for e-book?

      This would be one way of handling it.  For records that also have an actual print record, I'd simply enter the record's print info (including the print ISBN) and ignore the e-ISBN (or put it into 'notes').

      Is there any practical use case for storing the e-ISBN in a dedicated field?

      Thanks, Matthias

       
    • Knut Krüger
      Knut Krüger
      2009-03-05

      I don't know, maybe it is the same answer as 1996 if anybody would ask for the practical use of ISBN numbers :-)

      Knut

       
      • An eISBN is just an ISBN, though.  It may be useful to refer to FRBR in this case.  The electronic and print copies are probably the same expressions of the work, but they are different manifestations (and so each has a unique ISBN & it is sloppy to use both).

        Refbase, more or less, stores information about specific items (e.g. we have a location for items & allow duplicate records to refer to different copies of the same manifestation).

        In this model, it makes sense for refbase to store information about the specific item & the manifestation it comes from, but I don't know if it makes sense for us to store much information about OTHER manifestations of an expression in the same record.

        We don't, for example, store multiple editions of a work under the same record.

        --Rick