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Subject: Different publication date
Date Posted: 6/1/2009 9:10 AM ET
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I posted a book, per usual the posting wizard asked me if the title, author, ISBN and book type matched, yes they did so all was well.  Then I went to put the book in my reminder list so I could see how many copies there were and saw that the publication date in the catalog was 1980.  My copy is from 1967.

So, while a matching  publication date is not *required* for posting, would you as a receiver be upset to get a book so much older than you are expecting?  I pulled the book from my shelf because I am not sure, but there is only one copy currently listed so maybe it is popular enough that someone would want it anyway?  Should I relist and just PM anyone who requests it about the date difference?

Thanks for any advice.

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Date Posted: 6/1/2009 9:17 AM ET
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To me it would depend on what sort of book it was. If it was a novel, then I wouldn't really care about the publication year. If it was nonfiction, though, I probably would. What is the book you are listing?

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 9:27 AM ET
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It's an old scifi, Restoree by McCaffrey, and I was thinking it *had* to be a reprint because they weren't  using ISBNs in 1967 were they?  But all I can find on the data page its first edition date (Sept. 1967) and its first Canadian printing (Oct. 1967).  Nothing about any other printings or editions.

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Date Posted: 6/1/2009 10:17 AM ET
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ISBNs didn't become standardized until around 1970, although one publisher did start creating the system in 1967. This would suggest to me that what you have is a newer reprint that just isn't clear about the actual pub year. It is also possible that whomever listed the book in the system in the first place input the year incorrectly. I would go ahead and post the book under the existing ISBN and not worry about the pub year difference.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 11:16 AM ET
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Yes, post the book, don't PM, it's fine. The book doesn't have to match the publication year.

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 11:18 AM ET
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If someone wants a specific pub. date, it is up to them to make sure the pub date is a match to what they want. They will need to put it in their RCs or PM you specifically. You are perfectly fine posting to a listing that has a different pub date. As with cover images, these do NOT have to match. HTH  :)

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 11:53 AM ET
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Thanks everyone for the help!  I really appreciate it :)

Date Posted: 6/1/2009 2:20 PM ET
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BTW Katrina, Restoree is a fun book :-)   Makes me wonder if I still have a copy around here, would make good summer reading for my teens. 

If you are still concerned, you can wait until the book is requested then pm the requestor and let them know of the date discrepency.   But it's certainly not required, your responsibilities are 1. to verify correct ISBN and 2. confirm the book is in postable condition.  And for some of the out-of-print vintage SF titles, requestors may be willing to bend some of the postable guidelines.

Good Luck!



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