Seeing Double – An Explanation for Duplicate Audiobook Titles

August 10, 2011

Some of you may wonder why you will occasionally see duplicate bibliographic records for two editions of the same audiobook.  An example, Ghost Story by Jim Butcher, is reproduced below.  You’ll notice there are separate records with separate holds  queues for each of these.  The first is the library edition produced by Recorded Books and the other is the retail edition put out by Penguin Audio.  What happens is the library edition is on a quarterly standing order with Recorded Books, and then I will also order additional copies in Midwest Tapes at retail cost.

Are these records destined to stay apart? Not necessarily. Cataloging can catch this when they catalog the second edition, simply deduplicating the records and adding the copies to the first fully cataloged record.  The holds are then merged as well.  This can happen as long as both editions have the same content, narrator, and number of discs.  Thanks to Diana Clementson for her helpful explanation of this process!

Posted by Darren

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One Response to “Seeing Double – An Explanation for Duplicate Audiobook Titles”

  1. Cari Says:

    Interesting that this is what your system does. My consortium will not merge a retail and a library edition because they have different ISBNs. Since I only buy one copy (usually retail) I often have to move the holds manually from one record to another so my patrons can get the audiobook.


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