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Subject: Book I want to WL is not in Database-SOLVED
Date Posted: 4/28/2008 2:39 PM ET
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There's a book I'd like to add to my Wish List that's not in the database.  I have the ISBN...is there a way to manually enter the info so that I can add the book?  The book comes out on May 6.

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Date Posted: 4/28/2008 2:52 PM ET
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Whats the name of the book?

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 3:18 PM ET
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The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom
by Simon Winchester

May 6. 336 pages
ISBN-13: 9780060884598

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 3:19 PM ET
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OK, when I searched under the ISBN-13 I found it and added it to my WL.  For some reason it wasn't coming up when I searched using the author and title though.

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 3:20 PM ET
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The name and the ISBN numbers are located in the database.  What you can do is type the ISBN number in the search engine, and when the book comes up, click on the button that says Wish (it should be on the right hand side).

ETA:  Oops!  It must have been solved when I was typing this.  Sorry!

Last Edited on: 4/28/08 3:21 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 4/28/2008 4:24 PM ET
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If you enter the ISBN and the book is not already in the DB, then PBS goes out and searches for it and adds it to the DB. If you just enter the author and title, it doesn't do that.

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 4:52 PM ET
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Hi Cathy--I didn't know that!  That's what happened then probably.  Thanks for the insight.

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 7:37 PM ET
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Oh thank you Cathy!  I didn't know that either.

I've been going nuts searching daily for a book I want to WL that wasn't in the database.  A little googling and I came up with the ISBN, searched that here, it added to the database and I'm now #1 on the WL!  Now I just have to wait until it's published in September.

Date Posted: 4/29/2008 12:28 PM ET
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From much trial-and-error, I have come to the conclusion that seaching for the ISBN number of a book will add it to the PaperBackSwap database IF the book is in the Amazon.com database. ISBNs I have gotten from other sites that Amazon doesn't have come up as 'No results found'.