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Subject: Book with SAME ISBN as Wish Listed book - But different binding
Date Posted: 7/12/2011 3:32 PM ET
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I have a Paperback version of Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie. The book has the same ISBN as a Hardcover version that has been wish listed for at least two months.

I used PBS guidance concerning versions of books with the same ISBN and posted it as a non-ISBN book and have gotten no response.

I am in no particular hurry to get rid of it but, I want to make certain the wishers (if any of them are interested) for the harcover version realize there is a paperback version with the same ISBN available.

I have seen the discussion re wish listed books with DIFFERENT ISBNs and the suggestions that they be placed in the Book Bazaar. Would it be best to list it there as a new topic or should I attach a tag to my posted version stating it has the same ISBN as a wish listed version....or do both?

Also can I list this in the Forum for Literature and Fiction and state that this version is available?

The book Amazon has listed on their site with the ISBN number is described as a Paperback version.  Also, there is no indication anywhere inside or on the covers that my book is an ARC.


Date Posted: 7/12/2011 3:37 PM ET
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Occasionally, the PBS database can be wrong.

They DO change the binding type in the database if it can be proven that the database is simply incorrect (yes, even if there are wishers for the book already. They changed one for me that had 300 wishers once).

If you have done some research and think that the book has ONLY ever been a paperback, then I would report that to PBS (they will research it again) and see if they can change it.

If the ISBN was just used for both bindings of the book, then you have done the right thing, and if you just want to make the book more visible to wishers, the most likely way would be to advertise it in the Bazaar. Other people have said that tags work, too. But I think that more people might see it in the Bazaar.

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Date Posted: 7/12/2011 5:00 PM ET
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The site administrators only RARELY will change a binding type for a listing, and research should be submitted with the request demonstrating that there are NO editions of the binding type for the ISBN as currently listed on the PBS site.  What Sara said is correct, but I wanted to warn you that this is SELDOM done and only for books that can be shown to never have had the ISBN and binding type that PBS lists.  So if your ISBN has editions with both binding types, the PBS team will likely NOT change the PBS listing.   (Didn't want to falsely raise your hopes regarding getting the PBS listing changed.)

I would use both methods to "advertise" your book's availability: both use a tag on the WishListed book, and post about it in the Discussion Forums.  The more visibility you can get for your edition, the more likely it is that it will be ordered from you.

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Date Posted: 7/12/2011 5:12 PM ET
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Thanks for your replies and suggestions. The book does appear to exist in both the paperback and hardcover editions. The one shown on Amazon for the ISBN is listed as a paperback. However, I checked it on another retailer site and the same ISBN listed it as a hardcover edition.

I have listed it as available in the Book Bazaar forum and will probably put a tag on it later on. I am in no particular hurry to send it out...just wanted to make it available to anyone who may be wishing but did not know it was posted.

Thanks again for your help.