It is an extremely complex matter as there are various entities that can be interpreted as the same thing: publisher, imprint and publisher series.
Publishers can be listed in different ways: e.g. their full registered company name or an abbreviated form (or variations thereof). Also the name of the publisher could have been altered over the history of the company.
An imprint can be credited as the publisher in many books. A lot of imprints began life as independent publishing companies and over time have been acquired by major publishing firms. Imprints that have been acquired are sometimes referred to as divisions of the parent company.
It is difficult to fully define a publisher series as these can often match the criteria of an imprint. Even publishers can refer to their ‘series’ as ‘imprints’.
The situation becomes even more difficult when these vague terms are encountered by non-English speaking contributors.
I know that Goodreads allows users to list the full publisher name, a truncated form of the name or the imprint (I have even seen publisher series listed as the publisher on that site). I suppose the ethos is that it is better to have some identifying data than nothing at all. Publishers can’t be searched on Goodreads, so this is not a critical piece of data.
The BB Edition editor page (I believe) only allows the contributor to list one publisher, so nuances of imprint and publisher series can’t be entered separately, so the only solution is to detail this information in the ‘Annotation’ section.
I see two options:
• Use the Goodreads ‘anything goes’ approach, or
• Refine the Edition editor page so that additional data can be entered and trust contributors to interpret the definition of the category as best they can (Bookogs method).
@Madir I haven’t answered your question regarding name changes because this is such a complex matter that it raises all sorts of issues.