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So I've come across this problem when constructing a database schema.

So an individual book is a book ("copy 101 of the first printing of the first edition of Catcher in the Rye").

An individual print of a book, is a print of a book ("any individual book belonging the first printing of the first edition of Catcher in the Rye").

An individual edition of a book, is an edition of a book ("any individual book belonging to the first edition of Catcher in the Rye").

But I can't seem to find a term to describe all of the above ("any individual book which is Catcher in the Rye"). Basically this is to avoid double-counting in the database-- if an individual copy is an instance of a book, and the collection of all books of that kind is also an instance of a book, then they'd be counted twice which would mess up totals. A compound word or phrase would be acceptable in this case, just to differentiate an individual book and all books of that "type".

Any help would be much appreciated!

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    a "title", maybe?
    – Esther
    Jun 9 at 13:52
  • I think that the best you can do without pre-defining stipulative definitions is 'total number of copies of this book printed to date'. Jun 9 at 15:53
  • I’m voting to close this question because requests for help in naming things in software is specifically off-topic in according to our help center.
    – tchrist
    Jun 9 at 16:05
  • @tchrist oh my gosh, I am so sorry; I missed that in the question posting guidelines; won't make the same mistake again! Jun 10 at 14:08
  • I beilieve it's called a work. Jun 10 at 18:24

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You might use title

a usually published work as distinguished from a particular copy. "published 25 new titles" (Merriam-Webster)

Two different editions of a book would still be the same title, as would two different prints.

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  • If a book is republished with a different title, is it still the same title?
    – Stuart F
    Jun 9 at 14:36

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