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Subject: My Book is a Paperback but the ISBN shows Hardcover when I Post it
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 9:56 PM ET
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I'm pretty new to this site (less than a month) and I've fallen in love with it!  My husband thinks I'm addicted!  But I have lots of questions and one which has stumped me is this:  I have a paperback book that I posted with the correct ISBN, title, author and book cover.  Unfortunately, I did not realize it was listed as Hardcover until someone requested it from me.   Luckily I noticed it was listed as hardcover and PM'd her, and she declined the book. But I would like to re-post as a paperback.....but when I enter the ISBN it shows as Hardcover.  Who do I contact to get this changed or at least listed as : Is this your book (paperback) ?Help!!! Thanks. Leslie

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 9:59 PM ET
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You'll need to post the book as a book without an ISBN since the format doesn't match the PBS record.

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 10:04 PM ET
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It doesn't seem fair that I have to post as no ISBN simply because PBS has not picked up the ISBN which is valid on my book. Shouldn't there be "someone" in charge of making sure these things get sorted out?  Or am I in the wrong forum? Should I be emailing someone in charge? I am so new, I am not quite sure what the process is.

Kate -
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 10:06 PM ET
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Leslie, what book is it? Sometimes books are re-released in different formats using the same ISBN, so PBS might not be "wrong" per se.

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 10:13 PM ET
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My book is Without Estrogen Natural Remedies for Menopause and Beyond by Dee Ito  ISBN-10 is 0517884062 and ISBN-13 is 9780517884065.  I don't think PBS is "wrong" about the Hardcover. It's just that the publisher also released it as Paperback with the same ISBN.  I don't want to mislead folks on PSB. What do I do?

Kate -
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 10:14 PM ET
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Leslie, you will have to post it without an ISBN. Here is the link to the relevant help doc page: http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=533

"Publishers sometime choose to assign the same ISBN to multiple versions of a book.  However, PBS can attach only ONE booktype to the listing for an ISBN.  If your book does not have the booktype assigned to the ISBN in the PBS database, you will need to post it with a customized listing, using the Post a Book Without an ISBN link on the Post Books page, so that the booktype matches your book."

 

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 10:19 PM ET
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Welcome to PBS, M Leslie. I hope you love it here.

If a publisher chooses to reuse ISBNs for more than one edition or binding type of a book, the data base will recognize the first version that was posted here as the "correct" book for that ISBN. Even if the ISBN is technically correct for more than one edition or binding type. Only one version of a book can have one ISBN in the PBS data base.

Since members can search for books by title and author fairly often, posting this book as if it doesnt have an ISBN should not determine if you get an order for this book.

To post a book as if it doesnt have an ISBN, you can click on Post Books, then post a book without an ISBN, and follow the prompts from there. You will need to measure the book and provide a page count, which will help ordering members decide if yours is the edition they would like.

You may also want to check and make sure that this book is not an ARC, Advance Reader Copy. These often are pre-release paperbacks that have the same ISBN as the Hard Cover. ARCs are not postable here at PBS to your bookshelf, as they may not be exactly the same as the final copy of the book.

Enjoy your time here at PBS, and Welcome again!

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 10:25 PM ET
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Thanks to everyone who answered me. I appreciate the feedback and will post the book without ISBN. I just love this site.

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 10:30 PM ET
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They can't change for a couple of reasons: 1 all the people who have posted the book that have the hardcover version would have to repost their books with no ISBN and 2: if it's WL-all those wishers put it on their WL thinking it was a hardcover book and will expect a hardcover.