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Old 05-04-2009, 06:18 PM   #1
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Question ISBN look up, usually missing part of title

I don't know if this is an external ISBN database issue or with the way Calibre processes data it gets from the external ISBN databases but here is what i notice:

Often when I do an ISBN look-up to get metadata information, Calibre would return the full details of the book with part of the title missing. For instance, the ISBN 9781414407487 is for the book "Death and Dying: Ending of Life Issues". In this case, Calibre provides the subtitle, "End of Life Issues", and does not display "Death and Dying". So, I end up with metadata looking like this:

Title: End of Life Issues
Author(s): Sandra M. Alters

etc.

In other words, Calibre is often missing the title and only providing the subtitle of the volume.

What's going on?

Is this an external database issue or an issue with the way Calibre parses externally received data?
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:22 PM   #2
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External database issue.
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Old 05-04-2009, 06:44 PM   #3
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:33 PM   #4
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because calibre doesn't do any processing on the title, it just returns whatever the external database gives it
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:54 PM   #5
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I see. I thought it was perhaps misinterpreting a delimiter and so maybe an "unusual delimiter" was used. But, that's just me imagining it. I don't programme.
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the title is returned inside xaml tags something like

<title>whatever</title>

No real question of delimiters involved
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External database issue.
Thats why I usually edit the meta data after it gets pulled down. Particularly for the ISBN, since the online databases usually don't have the eBook version.

I just pick the most complete result and go from there.
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In my experience, usually the one with the complete summary information also has the missing title. In the case, I usually just copy and past the summary information.
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