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Old 10-09-2018, 04:45 AM   #1
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Is there an option to transform publishers when downloading metadata?

When using "Add by ISBN" to add records, often I end up with several different variants of what should be the same publisher. (for example, "Harper Collins", "Harper" and "HarperCollins")

I've noticed there is an option to create rules to transform the tags and the author names, but is there a similar feature hidden somewhere in the options for publishers?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:56 AM   #2
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nope, sorry. only tags and authors.
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Old 10-09-2018, 05:12 AM   #3
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IMHO they aren't all variants
HarperColins is a Parent company
Harper is an Imprint of HarperColins
and Harper Colins is just wrongly done

My personal preference is to put the IMPRINT in the publishers column, rather that the Mega Publishing conglomerate .
Usually the Imprint is found on the publishers Title page, or the copyright page

It is also unfortunate that even the publishers can't be consistant.
Baen Books
Baen Publishing Enterprises

Sometimes the imprint breaks it down to Baen SF, Baen Fantasy
Unfortunately, some of the metadata sources are comiled from various user inputs, creating even more variants.

Manual TLC is the only way
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:42 PM   #4
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It is also unfortunate that even the publishers can't be consistant.
Baen Books
Baen Publishing Enterprises
Looking at the 2018 monthly bundles also shows www.baen.com, Baen and Baen Publishing. Plus the oddity of Riverdale, N.Y. : Baen, (year/copyright year). A quick select of any books with Baen and bulk edit the publisher field to make them consistent. I really should cleanup the Baen import folder and just import directly to the Intake folder since I do not purchase eARCs as much as I used to.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:27 PM   #5
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I didn't actually realize Harper was an imprint. I thought they just omitted the Collins part.

I have calibre mark all my just-added books as @pending. The rows are marked this eye-searing bright red colour so that I'm more inclined to take care of them quickly.

I've been using calibre to also organize my physical books, and for a lot of the older ones, the user-inputted publishers are really very inconsistent. I occasionally get a few that ARE IN ALL CAPS FOR SOME REASON, or just inconsistencies (e.g. "and" instead of "&", or things like the aforementioned Baen).
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The Find Duplicatats plugin can find all books with "similar" publishers or authors using several different techniques, and help sorting this out.
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