How can I enter duplicate items?

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Last Updated: June 01, 2012
Keywords: duplicate, allow, copies, increment

Readerware can handle duplicates in two different ways, you can add the item to the database once and set the copies count or you can add the item to the database multiple times.
 

This is controlled by a database preference. By default Readerware will display an error when you try and enter another item with the same ISBN/UPC. Check the Allow Duplicate ISBNs/UPCs option to allow duplicates in the database.

Auto-Catalog has special duplicate handling based on this option.

When the Allow Duplicate ISBNs/UPCs option is on, you can enter duplicate ISBNs and UPCs in the database. So you can enter or scan the same ISBN/UPC any number of times. If you scan an ISBN three times, three separate entries are added to the database.

When the Allow Duplicate ISBNs/UPCs option is off you can only enter an ISBN or UPC into the database once, the copies column is used to track the number of copies of the same item you own. If you enter the same ISBN or UPC more than once in the auto-catalog wizard, Readerware displays a duplicate error. However if you have more than one copy of the same item, you can check the Allow duplicates and increment copies option in the auto-catalog wizard. When this option is on Readerware lets you enter the same ISBN or UPC as many times as you want. Readerware will use this information to update the copies column as the item is cataloged. So if you enter the same ISBN five times, Readerware will add the book once and set the copies count to five. If the book is already in the database, Readerware updates the copies count. So if the book is already in the database with the copies count set to three and you enter the ISBN three times, after auto-catalog completes the copies count for that item will be set to six.