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Subject: Should I have done something different in the way I listed this book?
Date Posted: 8/9/2007 9:55 PM ET
Member Since: 11/1/2005
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A while back, I did a title search for a book I had wishlisted and saw under 'unposted books' that someone had previously hand-entered a copy of it - I figured it wouldn't hurt to wishlist it, as well, and as luck would have it, someone eventually posted it again using that entry. Now, after reading it, I decided to repost it, but I created a new listing for it because I felt the original one I had wishlisted wasn't very informative and I couldn't edit the info for it, plus I scanned and uploaded the cover. After I did this, out of curiousity, I went into my transaction archive and clicked on the book and saw that it had been wishlisted by someone else - now I'm wondering if I should have just reused the first hand-entered listing so the person wishing for it would know it was posted. It has yet to be requested - do you think I should remove it from my shelf and relist it using the info originally created for it, or did I do the right thing in creating a new hand-entered listing and I should just let it be?

I hope all that came close to making sense, LOL. Thanks for any input.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 12:35 AM ET
Member Since: 1/13/2005
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I'm assuming that this is a non-ISBN book, or one that shares an ISBN with a book with a different binding?  Firstly, thanks for taking the time and attention to post it.  If it were me, I would cancel the new listing you created, and re-post the book under the entry that has a wisher, so you can give the book a new home, and get your credit.  New posters will have the choice of which entry to choose when posting. 

I'm hoping that somewhere on R&R's list is a plan to consolidate the non-ISBN listings, and allow folks to edit them.  I know that they have far more urgent items to deal with, and I'm not griping.  It's just that I am a little OCD, and the multiple entries bug me like an unsorted drawer of socks ;-)

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 8:56 AM ET
Member Since: 12/26/2006
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Thank you, Ann.  I agree.  Please do away with the non-ISBNs that are now represented in the system.  My curiosity is:  are people really looking hard for the ISBNs in all the little places they can hide?  Where are all these books coming from?  I have never had one yet and I have a lot of books go through my hands.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 9:42 AM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2007
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Doris; yes-- some old books do not have ISBN's and  Old Book Club books don't either.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 10:47 AM ET
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And then there are the books with ISBNs that come up as the wrong format - hardback for paperback, etc.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 2:40 PM ET
Member Since: 10/6/2005
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Doris, ISBNs only came into being in 1969 and they were not mandatory until 1975. So books published prior to that do not have them. I would hate to see non-ISBN books disappear from PBS - most of what I read is pre-1960. I wish they would do what BookMooch does and allow use of Library of Congress numbers to post as well - that takes you back into the 1880s.

Date Posted: 8/10/2007 4:05 PM ET
Member Since: 4/3/2007
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I agree - utilizing the Library of Congress number for non-ISBN books would really simplify things.  I have many older books posted and many more I could post but it is tedious to hand enter all the details and descriptions so my shelf lags behind the supply I have to post.



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