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Subject: book size ( yes it does count lol)
Date Posted: 2/14/2010 5:05 PM ET
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is there anyway to find out what the size of a book is????  I am trying to get together the Charlie Bone series by Jenny Nimmo for my grandsons birthday.  I noticed that some are published by Scholastic and some by Orchard. The one I have is by Scholastic and I need to know if the Orchard books are the same size.  He said he wanted the ones by Scholastic but if they are all the same size I will get what I can.


Well now that I have everyone shaking their heads and thinking" WHAT SHE SAY " lol  Please help

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 5:07 PM ET
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It's not always present, but you can try "edit book data" and look at the given sizes there -

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 5:10 PM ET
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Or you can try cross checking the titles you need and the publishers over at Amazon.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 5:19 PM ET
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I would check on Amazon or even the different publisher websites to see about sizes. They usually give the dimensions.

Just a thought...the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is hardback under it's original release (with Amulet), but Scholastic printed them in paperback. So it's possible that they will be different.

Date Posted: 2/14/2010 5:23 PM ET
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tried amazon no luck,  I guess I will have to ask if the are Scholastic publishing. I checked Scholastic web site and they all say hardcover and want 12.99 per book, the book I have says 4.99 so I just don't know.



But I will find them one day  lol

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 6:57 AM ET
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The only sure for certain way is to ask before the book is sent. You can look up all you want, but if the ISBN has been reused, youhave no way of knowing which edition has been posted, so always PM the sender if you are looking for a specific size or coverart, and be sure you are the one to cancel, as they lose their place in the FIFO if they cancel.

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 7:51 AM ET
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I don't know if this helps you or not, but Orchard is a division of Scholastic.  I don't have familiarity with the series, so I don't know if the Scholastic ones are for the school market (and therefore might look slightly different) or not.

Date Posted: 2/15/2010 8:34 AM ET
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I used the first book of the series to do some checking and it looks like the paperback version is from Scholastic (list price $4.99) and the hardcover version is from Orchard Books (list price $9.95). I did find that the HC printed in 2003 says publisher Orchard Books and the same HC printed in 2006 says publisher Orchard/Scholastic.

Is your copy a paperback? If so, you may want to verify that what you order is paperback so they will all match. There is a size difference between the PB and the HC (see product dimensions below).


Midnight for Charlie Bone (The Children of the Red King, Book 1) (Hardcover)

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439474299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439474290
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches

Midnight for Charlie Bone (Mass Market Paperback)

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; 1st edition (January 1, 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0439488397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439488396
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 1.1 inches

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Date Posted: 2/16/2010 12:49 AM ET
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If you use your RCs you can turn on or add a line specifically for these books when you order one. State the size that you are looking for, and that if it is not this size, then they should decline. Don't leave it there for requests for other books, as people get confused easily and will tell you the book doesn't match that size, when it has nothing to do with THAT particular book. I've heard of too many declines for such reasons. Don't know if they just skim and don't really read or what, but I'd only add the line for these particular books when ordering one of them. Hope that helps, if you need help getting the line worded right, post it here, and some that are good with wording will surely chime in and give you their opinions on whether it is good like it is, or give you suggestions on how to change it.

Date Posted: 2/16/2010 4:55 AM ET
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If you do use a RC for this, you will need the book to be on 48 hour offer rather than auto request.  You need to turn ON the RC before you accept the book.  You can then turn the RC off.  You do not have to keep it on until the sender accepts.  It just has to be on when you place the order.