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Subject: Book available in UK only - how to add to WL
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 11:37 AM ET
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How can I wishlist a book published in the UK only?  Here is the link to Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Backwards-High-Heels-Impossible-Female/dp/0007273835/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1236699244&sr=1-1

Nothing came up when I tried to WL it using the ISBN.

Thank you for your help.

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 12:40 PM ET
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Date Posted: 3/10/2009 12:55 PM ET
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Sara, sometimes when you put in an ISBN and the book is not yet in the system, then check again the next day, it's been updated (not always, but it's happened that way for me several times.)  I would just keep checking.  It might not be a book that will be frequently traded here, but people do buy import books and trade them when they are done with them, so it's worth a try.

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 12:59 PM ET
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The PBS system should accept the number as a "valid ISBN", so you can post it to your shelf (as available for swap), using the amazon.uk details to fill in the required fields (converting cm to inches); once it's on your shelf, immediately delete it - it's impossible that anyone could have WL'ed it previously, but your book will come up as publicly "available" in the system at that point. You can then WL the book you just added!

Odds are indeed very slim that it'll appear, but you never know whether someone will have seen it for sale over there, and brought a copy home, had it sent as a gift by a British friend, etc. Worth a shot!




Last Edited on: 3/10/09 12:59 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/10/2009 4:56 PM ET
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If you try the posting it to your shelf method then I suggest you put your account on hold until you delete it-just incase it's in here and WL.  I've had books that I could not bring in the standard ways: ISBN, Title or Author search and found them finally and they were WL already but for some reason would not come up.

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 5:07 PM ET
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Sometimes UK books come up just fine, other times you end up just having to wait for it to be released in the US, which often will happen a few months later. I don't know if it depends on the publisher or what. It IS annoying, because the "I" in ISBN stands for International, so why are those numbers NOT good in all countries? LOL

Another trick is to try adding the ISBN to your TBR pile by clicking on the "Add book" from the TBR page...then check the TBR, and if the book was accepted, you can click on the details of the book and click the "add to wishlist" button from there. I've had that work successfully a few times.


Date Posted: 3/10/2009 6:44 PM ET
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I have books on my WL that are only available in the UK.  I just put in the ISBN and it popped up.

Date Posted: 3/10/2009 10:25 PM ET
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Sometimes if it isn't available yet on Amazon  and not listed yet as a "To Be Released" book - it won't show up here.  I just mentioned on another thread that I've run into this problem.  I have the ISBN and title and author - not to be released until fall '09 - but it's not showing here or on Amazon.  Sometimes it won't show up on Amazon UK.  If it's fiction - go to  fantasticfiction.com and look for it by title or author and see where the links go for it if there are any.  If there are some on Amazon USA - then most likely they will come up here.  If not - probably not. If they aren't on Amazon UK it may be a long time.  Australian authors tend to be the ones that take the longest to show up.