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Subject: Copy Date Wrong
Date Posted: 6/27/2011 9:38 PM ET
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I received a Nancy Drew book in perfect condition, like new. What I requested had a date of 1945.  ISBN 044809522x ,,, The ISBN, binding and title match, but this book  is from 1995. I was looking forward to an old Nancy Drew, even in less than pristine condition.  The poster really did nothing wrong except that the dates don't match.

Date Posted: 6/27/2011 10:53 PM ET
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Since that field doesn't hvae to match, you are right that the poster did nothing wrong, in fact that is the only way they should post their book. If you want the older edition you could always add an RC asking for it. Re-releases will often be done under the same ISBN so it isn't that uncommon of an occurance.

Date Posted: 6/27/2011 10:59 PM ET
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Yes, it's frustrating when you're trying to collect 1st editions. I've gotten a few like that myself. So disappointing when I'm hoping for an old copy and I get a 12th edition reprint.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 6/27/2011 11:18 PM ET
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The listing in the database here may show the original publication date, but even if someone did have the actual book from 1945, they couldn't post it to that listing. ISBNs were invented in the 1960s and adopted in 1970; therefore, no book printed in 1945 can have an ISBN on it. It's against the PBS rules to post a book without an ISBN to a listing that has one.

So, if you really want a first edition Nancy Drew, you should search by title or keyword and look for the non-ISBN listings (they have a short number that's generated by PBS, usually 5 or 6 digits long).



Last Edited on: 6/27/11 11:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/28/2011 8:25 AM ET
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LOL , Cathy. You are so right and I should already know this,,, Duh,,,, and it wasn't so much getting a first edition. I just prefer an old Nancy Drew to a new one. I prefer the wording in the older books.

Date Posted: 6/28/2011 4:30 PM ET
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I remember as a kid going through the Sears catalog (dad was in the military so we were overseas a couple of times), and searching out the Nancy Drew books and almost salivating trying to figure out which one to order and then having to wait months for the order to arrive.  LOL. Pat

Date Posted: 6/28/2011 6:56 PM ET
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I know how that feels Pat. We lived in a small town with no store for books unless it was comics. We went to the city to shop at Miller&Rhoades ( a big Southern department store) maybe  3 times a year. Mom would give us money to shop with and if I had saved some allowance; I would go and buy a Nancy Drew book,, which one???? I had to judge the book by the cover or title. My sister would buy a chocolate eclair at the bakery and end up reading my book for free. She is way smarter than I am. Now I guess I am still trying to get those books.