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Comment Re:How do you define "different book"? (Score 2, Informative) 109

What about translations? What about bootlegged copies from the 18th century? What about languages that have no direct concept of "editon?" The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLAuhas been wrestling with this for a while. Their solution -- of sorts: Functional Requirements of Bibliographic Records (FRBR). http://www.ifla.org/en/publications/functional-requirements-for-bibliographic-records Pretty dense and not consistently adopted.

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