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Subject: Hardcover Book
Date Posted: 4/22/2011 3:26 PM ET
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Hey I am new to the paperback swap.  I put two ISBN numbers in and they're listed as harcover books, but they aren't hardcover.  Does anyone know how I change this? thanks

Date Posted: 4/22/2011 3:34 PM ET
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You cannot change it -- publishers frequently use the same ISBN number for hardback and paperback editions. To list them, you must list them using the "Post a book without an ISBN" option and it will be issued a unique ISBN. Be sure to fill in all the information you can to increase the chances of YOUR copy being chosen.

Date Posted: 4/22/2011 3:47 PM ET
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Make sure your copy is not an ARC (advanced reader's copy)..a lot of times those books are paperback format for a hardback edition

Date Posted: 4/22/2011 3:51 PM ET
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From the Help Center:

When I enter the ISBN on my paperback, the listing shows a hardcover!

Problem: You enter the ISBN on your paperback and the book Listing Preview says "hardcover".

This means one of two things:

1.  Your book is an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)

If your book is a paperback, and the ISBN brings up a Book Listing Preview that says "hardcover", please check your book to be sure it is not an ARC.   If it is an ARC, it cannot be Posted for swapping at PBS.

Solution: You can offer this book to others in the Book Bazaar Discussion Forum, but you cannot Post it to your PBS bookshelf.

2. The publisher chose to assign the same ISBN to more than one version of this title.

Publishers sometime choose to assign the same ISBN to multiple versions of a book.  However, PBS can attach only ONE booktype to the listing for an ISBN.  If your book does not have the booktype assigned to the ISBN in the PBS database, you will need to post it with a customized listing, using the Post a Book Without an ISBN link on the Post Books page, so that the booktype matches your book.

Solution: You will need to post this book with a customized listing for the book, using the Post Books without an ISBN link on the Post Books page.

Date Posted: 4/22/2011 4:01 PM ET
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They will occasionally change that but only if you can prove that it never existed in the edition that's listed on PBS. 

Last Edited on: 4/22/11 7:26 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/22/2011 4:14 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
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totally off topic but its an ADVANCE Reader copy not ADVANCED. Need to email TPTB about this again to change all the pages not just the one they did.

Date Posted: 4/22/2011 4:49 PM ET
Member Since: 1/22/2011
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Hi Keenan! Welcome to the club!

It took me a while to figure out all the ins and outs of posting and I'm still learning.

You will find the Forum is a great place to look for help, also the more you dig around in the Ask The Librarian and "Help Docs" the more info you'll gather.

I like your bookshelf so far. I hope you post more nonfiction and literature. Have fun! Lori

Last Edited on: 4/22/11 4:52 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/23/2011 7:06 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/24/2011 10:00 PM ET
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There is a third explanation: I used to be a member of QPB book club, whose raison d'ete is to publish early paperback editions of hardback books. Oftentimes, they used the hardback ISBN on their paperback editions.

Date Posted: 4/25/2011 2:13 AM ET
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Another thing to do if the hardback has a wishlist, then add a tag to the long ISBN page.  Something like "also posted as ISBN XXXXX".  This will help folks find your copy. 

(Short 5 or 6 digit ISBNs are made up by PBS.  The 10 and 13 digit ones are the publisher's.)