Guidelines for splitting and merging works

Guidelines for splitting and merging works

Group different editions of the same work, even if they have a different language, illustrations, are slightly abridged, or written in braille.

  • Group like with like. A map should not be grouped with a book.
  • Don’t group a significantly different work with the original. For example, the 24 page little golden book “Walt Disney’s Peter Pan” is not the same work as “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie.
  • If there are more than a hundred or so different versions, it’s okay to start thinking about whether the work should be broken up further, in order to be more manageable.

Should the audio-book version be grouped with the normal paper editions?

Yes - because it is basically the same thing, only read out loud. It is similar to the rule for grouping different translations of works. Group the same “things”, regardless of the language of expression, or publisher, or format or revisions across editions. 

Should the e-book be grouped with the normal paper editions?

Yes - because they are simply different formats. 

Should a DVD of a film be grouped with a VCR of the same film?

Yes - because they are simply different formats. 

Should the abridged, or children’s edition be grouped with the full editions?

No - because the abridgement or rewriting to produce a children’s edition is a significant exercise and usually directed towards a different audience. 

Should a film version be grouped with the book version?

No - because they are fundamentally different things, widely separated acts of creation. They are “related” works, but they do not belong together, and someone looking for one will typically not be satisfied with the other.