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Subject: Another wrong ISBN
Date Posted: 12/13/2010 6:05 PM ET
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Just bought a used  PB copy of "Love in the Time of Cholera" which had been on my reminder list for over a year.  the ISBN on the back didn't work so I looked at the publisher page and it listed that same ISBN as a "vintage ISBN", then had another ISBN listed where you normally see them.  I input the regular ISBN and it came up as a Hardback, not the paperback my copy is.  This is happening to me a lot lately and so far I'd just been giving away the books with ISBNs that won't come up because I'm tired of offering WL books that never get requested because they have a different ISBN.  Anyone else have this problem?

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Date Posted: 12/13/2010 6:13 PM ET
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I have had this problem many many times and just recently received a wish listed book only because I put in a search for the title and lo and behold there was a copy in the system , entered without a cover image---you know the drill. If I had not done a separate search that book would still be  on that members shelf. If you really want the book; you have to take the time to search by title every once in a while I guess.

Date Posted: 12/13/2010 6:17 PM ET
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By "publisher page", do you mean the publisher's website, or the back side (verso) of the title page?

It isn't unusual for the publisher to include ISBNs for other editions on the back side of the title page, so if yours isn't matching the binding in the system, it is possible that you're looking at the ISBN for a different edition.  This is helpful to collectors, but confusing to most of the rest of us.  The ISBN over the barcode is always the one for that specific edition, so I try to use that one when I can.  I'm not sure why yours isn't working -- if you'll share the ISBNs you're finding, I can dig around a bit.

"Vintage ISBN" is probably for a Vintage Press (a specific publisher) edition; if your book isn't Vintage Press, you've got ISBN confusion ;-)

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Date Posted: 12/13/2010 6:44 PM ET
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To be honest, whenever I particularly want a book, I always do a title search - I've gotten many, many wish listed books that way.  So, please keep posting!

ETA - Vintage is the publisher of Love in the Time of Cholera, so that's what that refers to - it has nothing to do with it being an old or discarded ISBN.

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Date Posted: 12/13/2010 8:23 PM ET
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Happened to me last nite.... I had to post without an isbn, which I hate to do because it seems like those books never get requested.  The book is

You Have More Than You Think: The Motley Fool Guide to Investing What You Have
Author: David Gardner, Tom Gardner

Last Edited on: 12/13/10 8:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 12/13/2010 11:53 PM ET
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There's a monthly thread in the Book Bazaar discussion forum for alternate versions of wish list books.  You can mention it there.

Date Posted: 12/14/2010 12:18 AM ET
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The fact that the ISBN isn't matching up with the wishlisted copies isn't really a "problem" in the sense that it isn't an error, the copy you have just isn't the copy that people have wishlisted. With books like "Love in the Time of Cholera" which I am pretty sure was part of Oprah's book club for a time, the only copies that will have a wishlist are those that are harder to come by, such as large print or perhaps hardcover. You can post them in the alternate wishlist book, but if someone is wishing for a large print copy of a book,  chances are they will not be interested in your copy instead. Currently there are nearly a thousand copies of that book in paperback (over around five different versions) posted into the system. 

Publishers do sometimes reuse the ISBN numbers, and it can be really frustrating, but all you can do is either pass them along elsewhere as you have been, or post them without an ISBN.

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Date Posted: 12/14/2010 12:01 PM ET
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With Love In the Time of Cholera-I thikn Liesl is right and this really isn't a "WL" book anymore.  The versions that are left on WL are probably inactive accounts with rarely posted versions left over on the WL.  Anyone active who still has it on WL probably really wants a specific version either for the cover art, size, type or whatever. 

I find when I post a truly WL (all versions are WL) book without an ISBN that it gets snapped up pretty quickly with no effort on my part.  The only non-ISBN ones that tend to sit are the ones where there's a bunch of other versions with ISBN's already available.

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