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Subject: I can't get the Help pages to load so I will post my question here.
Date Posted: 8/27/2010 11:42 AM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2009
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When posting a book without an ISBN, there is an area where you're supposed to enter the number of pages. But I have some old PEANUTS books and the pages are not numbered.

What is the correct procedure for posting (or when editing book data) for books whose pages are not numbered? Just leave it blank or is there some notation to make instead?

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 12:03 PM ET
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I would just leave it blank (I am assuming that there are too many pages to count...)

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 5:47 PM ET
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I recently posted a book without a isbn and had the same issue of not knowing the number of pages.  I went to Barnes and Noble and Amazon and looked up the book there.  If one of the sites doesn't mention the number of pages, the other most likely will.

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 6:05 PM ET
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There is no hard and fast rule here at PBS on how to count the number of pages in a book. Many count the extra pages before and after the actual story, others don't. As long as you are within 4-8 pgs or so, it really doesn't matter that much. A sheet of paper (complete with both sides) doesn't weigh enough to make that much difference, so take your pick, add the extra pages or not, just don't add more than the actual physical number of pgs within the book, nor go below the number of pages within the story.

Another thing to do, is search a few other database sites (Amazon, B&N, Alibris, A1Books, etc) and pick the average or a greatest or least number. Again, as I said, there is no hard and fast rule, so if you are off a few pages either way, it is not going to matter enough to count. Part of this reason is not that we don't care, it is because there may well be 2-3 different publishers for the same ISBN copy of the book, and one may use heavier or lighter weight paper than the others, and we would have no way to tell which is which. So, because of this, the weight really can't be stated with hard, cast-in-stone, definitive accuracy.

It's not like you are going to make a .25 lb of difference in the actual weight, and if you do, which book/edition are you giving the weight for?

Date Posted: 8/28/2010 1:28 AM ET
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thank you for the suggestions