Adding Series to Edition Groups

I just assumed that it wasn’t possible to add a Series to an Edition Group until I clicked the “+ Add Relationship” button in the Edition Group and got this menu:

My excitement was short-lived because the Series I searched for isn’t returned and in fact it is not possible to add any relationship to an Edition Group.

Possibly this is a feature that is going to be added at some stage, or maybe it is just a redundant feature.

I have encountered two situations where it would be an advantage to be able to add Edition Groups (created for collections) to a Series.

James Bond Series James Bond (Series) – BookBrainz : the short story collections For Your Eyes Only, and Octopussy and the Living Daylights are generally counted as books 8 and 14 respectively.

Cliff Hardy Series Cliff Hardy (Series) – BookBrainz : the short story collections Heroin Annie, The Big Drop, Man in the Shadows, Burn and Other Stories, Forget Me If You Can, Taking Care of Business, and The Big Score are counted respectively as books 5, 7, 11, 16, 20, and 28.

No doubt there are many other examples.

Probably because the series you searched for has been created for a different entity type? You can only add edition groups to a series which has the series type “EditionGroup” (and not to e.g. the “Work” series from your examples). I haven’t tried to do this on BB yet, but that’s how it works on MB (and also causes confusion over there once in a while because the series type is easy to miss at first sight).


Thanks for the explanation as I can now see how the Series feature has been structured.

As far as I can understand, the Edition Groups that have been created for the collection titles can’t be added to the Series that was created for the Series Type: Work. Once Work titles have been added to the Series the Type can’t be modified.

I still believe collection, anthologies and omnibuses really should be treated as a Work.

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At the risk of severely thrashing a deceased equine quadruped (i.e. flogging a dead horse), another good example of collections that are generally counted as part of the series are the Sherlock Holmes books Sherlock Holmes (Series) – BookBrainz : The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (book 3), The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (book 4), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (book 6), His Last Bow (book 8), and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (book 9).

That is my final word on the subject.