Additional fileds with author

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hidp123
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Additional fileds with author

If a book has an author but edited and footnotes by a different person how can this detail be shown in the book card. Currently it is possible to add multiple authors but as you see not all of them are authors, some are editors etc. Zotero allows users to choose author, editor etc separately. It would be good to have this option in Alfa ebooks organiser too.

Thanks.

admin
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Hi, thanks for your idea
For now you can editors like authors and point in the Description field that it's an editor

johnb
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When will you implement an "author role" field for authors? Authors can have a variety of roles, e.g. author, editor, illustrator, contributor, ghost writer.
It is not possible to use the current Description field as an author might have different roles in different books but the program only allows one author entry.

admin
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Hi, maybe you can create custom fields Editor, Illustrator in a book card?

johnb
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That will not work because the custom field is linked to a book not an individual author.

What would I do when there was a book with an editor, an illustrator and various authors (and all could have different roles in another book?

admin
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As you said before, one person can be an author in one book and editor in another. So this field should be connected to each book, and Custom field can work for it.

Another way: you can create 2 or 3 same authors with some differences in name (i.e. Arthur C. Clarke, Arthur Clarke, A. Clarke) and assign different roles to each one

johnb
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So what do I do when a book has an author, and illustrator and an editor? Three custom fields but no links to show person has which rôle.

Creating authors with different names means I cannot use the function to download information from the internet using ISBN as names of books are as on the book not the variants in the database.

You really need to update your data model. It would then be possible to import from BookCAT.

toraki
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I agree that roles are more than necessary. For example in my case, half of the books are in greek language, for those of non greek authors there is a translator (who can be an author as well), but I can do nothing. Any idea?

toraki
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Is there any change with author roles? For example editor or translator roles are necessary. They cannot be confused with authors.

admin
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toraki, please give us an idea, how to handle a case when one person is an author in one book and translator in another

toraki
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I think the easiest way would be to add a field in authors record in order to add the role (translator, editor, designer etc) and the dispaly would be customized accordingly. In this case,of course, the same person may have two or more records if it appears as an author as well as an editor, a translator etc., but any way the display would be much better than what we have now if we add this on the first or last name.