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Subject: Finding an ISBN for a book to be published
Date Posted: 5/22/2016 8:38 PM ET
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Search here makes a book look like it's not been released yet though I know it's to be published in 2016.  Search on Amazon doesn't have any hits either though usually I can find them there in 'pre-release'.  Any thoughts on how I can find an ISBN so I can get on the WL?

Date Posted: 5/22/2016 9:54 PM ET
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Jeanne,

Try Fantastic Fiction --- search by author, then look at the listings for the title. Usually, for a book soon to be published, the various editions will be listed toward the bottom of the page with ISBNs.

Date Posted: 5/23/2016 8:52 AM ET
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Thank for the tip, Thomas, but neither of the co-authors are listed there-- they have written multiple books together on bibliotherapy. Guess cause these are not 'fiction' books it will be harder to find.

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Date Posted: 5/23/2016 9:37 AM ET
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An ISBN may not have been assigned yet. Some non-fiction publishers or print-on-demand systems wait until the last minute. If you know who published their other books, you can look for a website for that publisher and see if they have their catalog of upcoming releases online. If an ISBN has been assigned, it should be there.

Date Posted: 5/23/2016 10:14 AM ET
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Cathy - yes

Publishers are getting better and better about having all that info available. Probably because many now have their own online stores instead of just bulk sales to retail outlets.



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Date Posted: 5/23/2016 12:53 PM ET
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I'm running into this, it has an isbn on amazon UK but if I put it here at PBS, (or amazon.com of course) it doesn't show up.

Date Posted: 6/2/2016 7:49 PM ET
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Is it an e-book?

Date Posted: 6/2/2016 8:43 PM ET
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Not mine..

It"s printed.

Date Posted: 6/3/2016 5:53 PM ET
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nope, in print.

Date Posted: 6/3/2016 11:38 PM ET
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I can't think of anything else except things you've probably already done --- google author(s) name for their own websites, and check WorldCat by title and by author(s).

Btw, is the teen-age Jane Austen's History of England worth the read if you aren't interested in her progress as a writer?

Date Posted: 6/4/2016 7:54 AM ET
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In my case, amazon uk has the isbn but not amazon. It"s an American author too.

Date Posted: 6/4/2016 9:32 AM ET
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Anna B., no, Jane Austen's History of England is really just a pamphlet, a piece of juvenalia written for her family's amusement, that appeals primarily to scholars and fervent Janeites.

Date Posted: 6/5/2016 2:04 PM ET
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As you probably know books on Amazon.uk have a different ISBN than those in the US. Also, quite often a book is published in the UK long before it's published in the US, and I don't know why, and sometimes they're even American authors. About the only time I've found a UK ISBN on PBS is if someone happens to get the book and then lists it here. I've had that happen. Pat

Date Posted: 6/5/2016 11:06 PM ET
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Thank you, Sally.  I enjoyed Lady Susan, but Sanditon and The Watsons, not so much.  I'll skip this one.  :^)

Date Posted: 6/6/2016 7:21 AM ET
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I look for British published books here at PBS all the time and often have no luck adding the ISBN before publication, but not always...sometimes it will pop up and I can wish for it. Sometimes I remember to check back in a few days and try again and it will be there, but not always. Once the book is published tho, searching for its ISBN will bring the book up in the vast majority of the time in my experience. And yes, I have gotten recently published books from the UK here at PBS, which is why I often wish for them along with their US counterparts.