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Date Posted: 7/1/2010 12:30 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/1/2010 12:35 AM ET
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You can go in and change that - at the book listing, look for "edit book data."

I'm surprised that got past the people who approve the corrections, perhaps it happened a long time ago.

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 12:59 AM ET
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The Edit Book Data is one of the pull down options.  There is the more options below the reminder list.  It's one of the options.

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 10:17 AM ET
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That sounds like it might be a description on a short ISBN book. If it is, I wouldn't bother with trying to fix it.

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 10:26 AM ET
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Just note in the reason for edit that you are removing  the book condition. If you an replace it with a real book description even better.  If you need help finding one, let me know the ISBN/Title/Author of the book in question and I will do some searching. 

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 1:04 AM ET
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Sara, even on a short ISBN, it's a good idea to remove details like that. There are occasions (no, they're not supposed to, but there are rare occasions when someone reuses that short ISBN, or the actual book might be reposted, which is valid) so why not go ahead and have it ready for then? Besides, leaving it, might give the impression to a new member that doesn't know any better yet, to go into their books and make such descriptions. They won't get approved, but it would waste the time of an approver, especially if they did a bunch at a time when we were behind and didn't catch their bad edits until they had a ton done. Just thinking that it prevents a possible waste of approver time.

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 3:48 PM ET
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Well, if you feel that there is value in editing short ISBNs too, I guess I will stop skipping them when I see ones that need editing.

I've been ignoring them in the past because I know that PBS discourages reusing the short ISBNs anyway. So, it kind of seems like a waste of time to me to update a listing that nobody is supposed to use in the future (except, perhaps, the one person who ordered the book in the past).

The main reason that I have been ignoring them, though, is that without the book in hand ... the only field I feel can be edited with any degree of certainty is the description (and that's only if you are reasonably certain that the originator of the listing got the title and author correct). I hesitate to even add cover images because if most people believe that the short ISBN pertains to a single copy of a book (which according to PBS, it does) ... then they are likely expecting all the information in the listing to correspond to the exact copy of the book they are ordering. So, without having that edition of the book, its really impossible to put in correct info, unless there was only ever one edition of the book.

Date Posted: 7/3/2010 10:38 PM ET
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I see your concern, Sara, over not editing short ISBNs and especially if the listing doesn't have anything posted at this time, you are fine. I do only edit the description, as you are correct, the rest of the info is subjective to the specific copy. But, the primary reason I would edit the one the OP is discussing, is because it is an incorrect, invalid description. I don't have a problem with someone skipping the short ISBNs when there's no book listed, it's just that I would correct them if there's something stupid or wrong.

Didn't mean to make you feel like you were doing wrong by not editing them. It's perfectly acceptable and ok to skip those short ISBNs that have nothing posted to them. Thanks for letting me know how that sounded :)  I appreciate it.

ETA: To answer the original question, which I didn't.  There is no need to report this, it can be edted very easily. One of the buttons to the right side of the listing is MORE OPTIONS. Click that button and a list will appear, one of which is EDIT BOOK DATA.

Once on the edit screen, slide down to the description area, and in the edit box, delete the incorrect information. No book should ever have a description of the actual copy, as you realized. Thanks for catching it, and if you do, for correcting it.



Last Edited on: 7/3/10 10:46 PM ET - Total times edited: 1