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Popular fiction

Introduction

One of the BPCL’s strengths is its popular fiction collections and materials. A majority of the collection covers the romance and mystery genres, with science fiction/fantasy and western/adventure fiction not far behind. These genres cover a number of different “formats” such as: vintage paperbacks, pulp magazines and nickel weeklies (covered in Chapter 5 on special periodicals), and the mass-market hardbound and paperback fiction.

This chapter uses AACR2, MARC/MARC21, as appropriate, and is organized by cataloguing “issue” or “challenge”. The “formats” covered here are mass-market hardbound and paperback books as well as vintage paperbacks.

Challenges

Cataloguing fiction sounds like it would be fairly easy, ...

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