I was adding sets to my collection recently, and when I got to a batch of books, I realized that I'm confused on which ones do and do not belong in the database.
I looked up ISBN9780241232484
, found it and checked the "I own" box—simple enough. Next I tried looking up The LEGO Batman Movie Official Annual 2018
, but did not find it on Brickset. (The link goes to the Bricklink catalog entry for that book.) On a basic level of reasoning, this seems odd because both of them are officially licensed books meant for kids that also have a minifig in a little plastic case in the cover.
However, I remembered reading an article a few years ago about what items do and do not belong in the Brickset database. I found that article
, but it didn't clear up all of my confusion. Under the list of items that are
in scope of the database it says "Books published in-house and under license that are of interest to AFOLs". Both the Ninjago and Batman books are officially licensed, and both are geared towards kids, yet only one is currently in the database. Under that point of items in scope, it also says "Primarily those published by Dorling Kindersley." The Ninjago book is Dorling Kindersley, so that makes some sense, but (and here's the real problem) it only says primarily
. What other publishers are allowed to have books in the Brickset database? Are there Dorling Kindersley books that do not go in the database? It's this lack of a hard rule that causes gray area and therefore confusion.
At the end of the What items go into our set database
article, there's a list of items that are out
of scope, which includes "Children's story, activity and comic books, whether published under license or not, and whether they contain bricks and/or minifigs or not." This distinction helps me see why the Batman 2018 Annual should not be in the database. The Batman book is an activity book, and the Ninjago one is a list of minifigs.
But... I see in my collection that ISBN9780751362022
IS in the database. It's an activity book for kids. Does that one just get a free pass because it's published by Dorling Kindersley? After reading through the article on what should be in the database, the book category seems to have 2 distinguishing factors: Ones that are of interest to AFOLs and ones that are for children. When I look at the book entries in the database, I see the rules from the article followed the vast majority of the time, but not always. Is there a set of more specific rules that apply to books? If so, where can I find them?