The book came right up. Now let’s pick a random library catalog and search for the same title: Readme.
Huh? A genealogy book, several editions of Dewey and one on nursing home care. What’s up?
Well, the problem is, the title of Neal Stephenson’s new novel isn’t Readme it’s Reamde. Spell them out-loud if you’re not seeing it.
I put this book on my Amazon.com wish list months ago, ordered it last week, received it two days ago, and read the first chapter before I realized that the title wasn’t Readme but Reamde. Here’s the best part, despite that error on my part, Amazon still found and sent me the book I wanted. How many patrons are going to make this same mistake and maybe think that the library doesn’t have the book?
(I’m not picking on any particular library here. I’ve run some tests and I’ve yet to find a library that successfully cross-references the wrong title with the correct one.)
Check your library’s catalog. Let me know if you’ve got this covered. If not, how can we deal with this? (And no, just saying “well, if the title doesn’t work they should search for the author” isn’t a solution, it’s an excuse.)