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Subject: books
Date Posted: 5/16/2008 2:45 PM ET
Member Since: 5/8/2008
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I have books that are on my bokshelf, and is on the wish lists of other ppl, but it has a different publisher .. so it does not match them why is that....?

Date Posted: 5/16/2008 3:07 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2005
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Brandy, here's the answer directly from the help files:

Does the ISBN on your book match the ISBN on the Club Wish List?  If not, then your version of the book is not currently being wished for.

If you have a book whose title (but not ISBN) matches a Wished-for item, it is not at all certain that the Wishing member(s) would want your version of the book, even if your book seems to match the rest of the information on the listing.  You cannot Post your book with the wrong ISBN.  Post your book from the Post Books area, using the ISBN on your book, and checking to be sure that the book information (title, author, booktype) match your book.

When you post your book properly using its ISBN:


  • All members who are Wishing for other ISBN versions of the book will be sent an alert email by PBS.
    • The email will be titled "An item similar to your Wished-for book has been Posted.."
    • This email will contain a link that the Wishers can click to request your book.
    • If no one requests your alternate ISBN, that means that no one currently wishes for this version of the book.

If your book does not have an ISBN but its title/author is the same as one on the Club Wish List:

  • These "similar-item" email alerts are NOT sent out for non-ISBN items
  • You can advertise your book in the Book Bazaar Discussion Forum if you like
    • There is a topic in that Forum just for different versions of Wish Listed books
    • These "advertised" items often get quick requests.
    • To get to the Book Bazaar:
      • Place your cursor over Community in the toolbar at the top of the site
      • Click Discussion Forums in the menu that drops down
      • Scroll down the Discussion Forums main page to see the Book Bazaar in the list
      • Click Book Bazaar to enter that forum.

If your book has an ISBN, but it is not on the Club WIsh List, and the only items that match the title of your book on the Club Wish List are items without ISBNs (non-ISBN items are listed with  5 or -digit numbers in place of the ISBN):

  • This usually means that at some point in the past, members wishing for any version of that title clicked all UnPosted listings in the PBS database, including the listings without an ISBN.
    • They may not have realized that non-ISBN items are unique and represent ONLY that specific copy of the book posted by one member.
    • Since non-ISBN items are not linked to any other items in the PBS Database, they are not automatically removed from your Wish List when another version of that title is marked received.
    • Those Wishers have probably gotten a version of this book that has an ISBN long ago, and neglected to remove the non-ISBN version(s) from their Wish Lists manually.
    • non-ISBN items are periodically removed from the Club Wish List by the system.
  • Again, you should post your book properly, and if you want to "advertise" its availability to the membership, you can do so in the Book Bazaar, as described above.
Date Posted: 5/16/2008 3:08 PM ET
Member Since: 1/8/2007
Posts: 8,139
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They probably have a different ISBN. Sometimes, people just want a specific format or publisher for a collection. Other times, people don't think to add all ISBN versions to their lists.

You can promote your copy on the Book Bazaar using the "Wishlisted books under another ISBN" if you want to publicize your version of the book. You can also mention it in your signature and your profile. Just be sure to remove it once it's been ordered. :)

Whatever you do, don't post it to the wishlisted ISBN. The person who receives the book will mark it as the wrong book and will likely request the credit back.



Last Edited on: 5/16/08 3:09 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 5/16/2008 4:30 PM ET
Member Since: 11/8/2007
Posts: 126
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there is a thread each month you can list your books that are wishlisted but you have a different ISBN number so that others might see it and request it.  http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=115734