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Subject: How do I post a book with an isbn that doesn't seem to be in the system?
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 7:36 PM ET
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I tried looking in the help docs but couldn't find the answer.  I have a book that has an isbn but it apparently is not in the system.  I searched the book by title and author and the book is in the system but with a different isbn than what mine has.  How do I post the one I have it the isbn isn't recognized?

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 7:39 PM ET
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there are 2 ways to do it.  I add it to my TBR and it may come up that way.  If it doesn't - give it a little while and try again.  If it comes up on your TBR - then go to that book's page and add it to your WL.  Delete it from your TBR.  I know there is a way by adding it to your bookshelf - but not exactly how.

Ruth

ETA- re-read the part about it being your Bookshelf book you want to add.  It should still work anyway.  If it just isn't in the system, then do a search of "All Books"  and wait a while to see if the system adds it.  Also check another site (like Amazon) and see if they have it.

 



Last Edited on: 7/22/09 7:41 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 7:51 PM ET
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To add to what Ruthy said, if you try to post by an ISBN that the system doesn't have, it should take you into the screen to enter all of the information to set up the book. Takes a little more time, but it gets it in there.

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 8:12 PM ET
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Yes, in "post books" there is a link that says "post books without an ISBN" and they ask you about all the information -

my question is, I posted a couple of books there and they asked me for a picture so I uploaded them but the pictures  don't show with the listing.



Last Edited on: 7/22/09 8:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 8:15 PM ET
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How long ago did you upload the pic? It may take a day or two depending on how busy the data/image editors are.

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 8:29 PM ET
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"How long ago did you upload the pic? It may take a day or two depending on how busy the data/image editors are."

As a matter of fact, it can take several days, or it can be lost and you'll have to upload it again. Not as common an occurance as it used to be, but it does still happen. Give it a week, and if your image doesn't appear, then try uploading it again. Give it another week, and then contact someone with a BI or BIC image under their name and see if they will give you a hand.

Also, do not use the "post a book without an ISBN" link if your book HAS an ISBN. Enter the ISBN for the book in the "post a book" slot, and then fill in that page and enter the image. The screen looks the same, but it does use the ISBN you give the system, if it is valid and just not available.

Date Posted: 7/22/2009 10:46 PM ET
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I ran across a similar problem when searching for a book I might be interested in getting.  There is one HC listed with 144 (plus  or minus) people on the WL  and one PB listed.  The ISBN doesn't come up as a valid ISBN on Amazon.  And on the PBS book's page there is a comment in the review section that says that according to the Author's website - this book has never been published in paperback.  Amazon has another ISBN for a paperback for this title - but says it's "currently unavailable."  This all gets confusing!  I understand that there is a sorce on the internet that is considered the ultimate authority and PBS uses it, but I'm not a member so can't use it.  Anyone have any suggestions on what to do - do I contact the team and ask them to verify this?

Ruth

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 11:16 AM ET
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Also, do not use the "post a book without an ISBN" link if your book HAS an ISBN. Enter the ISBN for the book in the "post a book" slot, and then fill in that page and enter the image. The screen looks the same, but it does use the ISBN you give the system, if it is valid and just not available.

I have a book with an ISBN that the system does not recognize as being an ISBN at all.  I type in the ISBN, and the shading doesn't turn green and it doesn't go to the page for me to enter the book info.  It simply doesn't recognize that the number I entered is a valid ISBN number.  I tried adding it to my TBR and that didn't work either.