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As a reader, what do you like in a bibliography, resources, or further reading list?  (the list at the back of the book with similar books and stuff like that)

What information is important to you?

For a book, do you like to see the title first like this?

Homegrown Linen: Transforming Flaxseed Into Fibre, by Raven Ranson

Or the author first like we do in academia?

Ranson, Raven, Homegrown Linen: Transforming Flaxseed Into Fibre

Is publishing information important to you?  For example which country the book was printed in (different countries sometimes publish different information)

A classic example: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the UK vs Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the USA

What about the date published?

I think Breed your own Vegetables By Carol Deppe has significantly different content depending on which edition we read.

There are a lot of correct ways to create a bibliography - but what I'm curious about is what is useful to the modern reader.  
 
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I would prefer year, author, title, and optionally publisher. The order isn't too important for me.
 
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I'm thinking about how I search for books on amazon or at the library.  Searching by author doesn't give me very good results.  Searching for the title of the book gives me the best results.  Second best being TITLE by AUTHOR.

But that's me.  How do other people use the resource list at the back of a book?
 
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The best information to find a particular book is probably the International Standard Book Number. (With the increase in self-publishing and e-books that may change however…)
In (recent) research, Arxiv.org-IDs are excellent.
 
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Sebastian Köln wrote:The best information to find a particular book is probably the International Standard Book Number. (With the increase in self-publishing and e-books that may change however…)
In (recent) research, Arxiv.org-IDs are excellent.



I agree...ish.

It is definitely the more accurate way to look up a specific edition of a book.  Which is also why it doesn't work.  It's too specific.

My library doesn't use this because it changes with each edition.  They might have the 2017 version of a book but if we use the 2015 ISBN to search for it, we won't find it.  I think that's probably why it isn't used in bibliographies
 
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My preferred order would be the title, then a few words summary if it wasn't obvious from the title (don't know if I've ever seen this before but it would be super helpful), author, and year.

I like how your book title contains a very concise summary, and congratulations again on publishing it!
 
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Title first, especially such a good title as yours. Author name very visible, but a bit smaller than the title.
Do you have an index? If a book is many pages, I love a good index ")
Resources can be good, especially if it is more books - often I have tried a website from this part of a book to find it has dissolved into the web, like frost in the sunshine...
I like a bit about the author and their inspiration, but maybe you have that earlier in your book.
 
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