Introducing the BookBrainz merging tool

BookBrainz merge header

Today we come with a big BookBrainz website update that allows you to merge duplicate entities!

Being able to clean up the database is an essential step towards importing public bibliographic records and catalogs from partner websites. As with MusicBrainz, you can visit an entity page on BookBrainz and click on a button to add an entity to a merge queue. You can merge multiple entities in one go easily.

BookBrainz merge queue

After clicking the merge button you will be presented with a page that lets you review and select the correct information in case of conflicting data. The revision history of merged entities is preserved, and in the near future you’ll be able undo merges.

BookBrainz merge page

Your feedback is very welcome! We also have a short tutorial on how to use the new merge tool for the curious.

This latest website update also adds annotations for any information that does not fit into the existing format, some small design improvements and bug fixes.

We’ve also added the ability to search for users on the search page. This last feature will come in handy soon as we introduce collaborative User Collections; stay tuned!

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