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Subject: Different ISBNs--suspect they're incorrect?
Date Posted: 6/5/2008 4:54 PM ET
Member Since: 6/17/2007
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I would bet this has been asked before because you guys are all awesome, but I am new and my search did not turn up exact answer to my problem.

I have a book on my bookshelf.  When I search for this book by title, it comes up with 20 choices.  A couple of the choices SEEM to be the same book (paperback, same number of pages, same publisher) and are wish listed, but have a different ISBN.  In fact, the ISBN appears to probably be a bar code number (very similar to my bar code.)

Can someone explain the differences to me?  I mean, besides the obvious and correct differences of HC, LP.  My example is:

The Memory Keeper's Daughter  ISBN (on my book) 0143037145

Is there any way to find out who is wish listing the other PB's and see if they want my copy?  Also, doesn't PBS send out an email when a similar item is posted as the one you want?



Date Posted: 6/5/2008 5:10 PM ET
Member Since: 2/28/2007
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There can actually be multiple paperback versions of a book and multiple hardback versions, especially for very popular books.  Some book clubs (I think Double Day is one) release their own version.  Additionally, the book may be re-released with discussion questions or author interviews included.

Date Posted: 6/5/2008 5:11 PM ET
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If those other versions are linked to the WL versions (as in, if you go to the front page of one listing, you'll see links to the other versions), the people in the WL line will be sent an e-mail message informing them of your "similar copy" if the account settings are set that way. (This feature can be turned off.)

There is no way to directly contact people on the WL regarding your book.

If you posted yours using the non-ISBN form (such as, yours is PPB and the ISBN listing is hardback), you can pimp your copy in the Book Bazaar in the "WL Books with other ISBN's" thread.

I hope this answers your question!