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Adding Books

In general, you add books by typing something in the search box at the bottom of the JabberWiki page. Depending on what you type and whether a corresponding book is found, you will either get a review to fill in or a list of books. The list may contain books already in JabberWiki and/or a short list of books from Amazon.

The fastest way to add a book is to type its ISBN number in the search box on the JabberWiki page. If the ISBN is valid, it will take you to the page for that book (or create one), you type in your review, and that's it.

The ISBN number is usually on the back cover as part of a printed bar code (not a bar code on a sticker for the library, for instance). If the book is older, it may not have a bar code on the back cover, so look inside the covers or on the copyright page. If it's very old, it may not have an ISBN number at all; see below about older books.

On most modern books the ISBN is 10 characters, but newer books may have 13 character codes. If you have both codes and one doesn't work, try the other. The typical bar codes and the location of the codes is highlighted. Ignore the numbers below the bar code or to the right on a littler bar code; they often contain the ISBN code, but sometimes are incomplete or augmented.



Or, enter a few key words from the title or author in the search box. It's best to pick a few distinct words. e.g. Distill down Lemony Snicket #13: The End to the end . The system searches two places: first in JabberWiki itself -- in case somebody has already entered the book -- and then it will do a limited search of Amazon. If you get a hit on JabberWiki, click on the title to verify the posting is the correct one you want, then type something in, and then click "Add Review"; this adds it to your list.

If the result is correct from Amazon, click on the "Review" button to the right of the author. If you need it, click on "More info" to get more data about the book. You might want to sometimes poke around Amazon looking exactly for the book you read because the search results it returns are only the most popular titles that match your query.

If all else fails, use Google and Amazon (or Barnes & Noble or whatever) to try to figure out an ISBN number or the exact title to use. If you find it, simply copy the ISBN number or exact title and try it in the JabberWiki search; that usually works.

Review

The title, author(s), cover photo, etc. are all determined automatically via the ISBN and cannot be edited. This data is very infrequently wrong but if you notice an error with it, please let us know so we can manually fix it.

Each review does have a summary and tags that can be edited. The summary should be a paragraph or two describing the book (but don't give away too much). Tags are a way to classify the subject, plot, and genre of a book. The tags for Harry Potter might be "fiction, fantasy, wizards, magic". Since this can be edited by everybody, please correct the summary or tags of you see something in error or something missing.

Cross Referencing

If you want to cross reference to another book in your review,  say to Goblet of Fire. Go to that book's review page and copy the ISBN listed to the right of the picture. Then, paste that number enclosed in hats (a.k.a. carets, a.k.a. shift 6) in your comment or summary. It will turn into a link with the title like this: The Beak Speaks.

Problems?

If you have any problems, email or Emma's dad with your questions or comments.

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