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Subject: Can't Find Book on PBS search
Date Posted: 9/4/2009 6:14 PM ET
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We went to the Art Museum today and I found a few books that I would like to read.  I wrote down their ISBNs so I could look them up on PBS.   I couldn't find one of the books by ISBN or Title on PBS.  So I got tricky and tried to list the book.  It showed up then!!!  So I could list it (if I had it) but I can't order it!!!  Anyone have ideas or am I stuck with buying this book at the Art Museum if I want it?  It was wrapped so I couldn't look through it and I'm not sure I want to spend $15 on this book.

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 6:41 PM ET
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When you did your search did you narrow it down to check unposted books or wish listed books only?

What are the names of the books?

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 6:49 PM ET
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Booklover, I think that since it would accept the ISBN to list it, it should be in the system.  When you use advanced search, are you making sure that you change it to search All Books instead of just Posted Books?

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 6:55 PM ET
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I found it by putting in the 10 digit ISBN that I found when I tried to list it.  It didn't find it by title when I tried.  The name of the book is 1000 Signs with the ISBN of 3836510014.  I am on the extremely short WL, LOL!!!

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 6:56 PM ET
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Good for you:)

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 7:07 PM ET
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So, what could have happened is that the book was not in PBS. When you search for a book not in PBS, what usually happens is that PBS can pull the information about the book into PBS ... but this doesn't happen immediately. So, when you search for a book not in PBS, often if you search again in a while (could be a 10 minute while, could be the next day) the book has been pulled in.

If you try to post a book not in PBS, I think it pulls the info in, real-time, if it can.  If it can't find the info when you are posting the book, then it presents you with the 'Edit Book Data" page, where you get to fill out all the info about the book.