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Subject: how would you post this?
Date Posted: 12/17/2009 3:49 PM ET
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I have a book (The Snow Garden), when I type in the 13 number ISBN the system pulls up the book, but it has a different 10 number ISBN than mine. So my book matches the ISBN 13 but not the ISBN 10. Is it okay to post by the 13?

Date Posted: 12/17/2009 3:53 PM ET
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That's strange!  But, my take--if the 13 number ISBN on the book agrees with what's in PBS's database it should be  fine to post using that ISBN.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 12/17/2009 4:15 PM ET
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Either the ISBN-13 or the ISBN-10 has to match what's printed on your book. Usually both should match, and if they don't it indicates that there's a misprint on the book itself. There's a mathematical formula to convert between the two ISBNs, and that's what PBS is doing, so the computer is right in this case, not the book. If you enter the ISBN-13 you'll see the ISBN-10 also. If you check that against your number it will probably be off by just one or two digits.

Do make sure that the binding type on the listing is correct though. It's possible that one ISBN is for the hardcover and one for the paperback.

Date Posted: 12/17/2009 4:49 PM ET
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I would suggest letting the team know about this problem through the Edit Book Data under the "MoreOptions" button on the book's listing page.

Ruth

Date Posted: 12/21/2009 7:33 PM ET
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Ruthy, if you are meaning for her to let the Data Corrections team know, there is nothing we can do with that situation. If you mean for her to let the PBS Team know, that needs to be done thru the feedback form on the Contact Us page. I've got to say tho, that there has to be a printing error in the book, as I've never heard of a book where the 13-ISBN and the 10-ISBN where listed and not the same as in the book. That's just got to be a misprint. Which I've seen those before too. I had a book once, that the last digit on the back of the book was different than the last digit on the copyright page. So, first glance made it look like it was the wrong ISBN, but double checking the copyright page showed it was the correct book. I PM'd the receiver in that case to let them know to look at the copyright page as the back cover was wrong, that way I didn't get dinged for sending a wrong ISBN.

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 3:11 AM ET
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I agree with Cathy, should be good to post by 13 but double check the binding and other book info to make sure everything else matches (cover pic doesn't matter).

Sherry, didn't somebody post recently that the ISBN on their back cover and copyright page didn't match?  Seemed funky at the time, seems those numbers should match (except for a typo as you mention).

Date Posted: 12/22/2009 3:32 AM ET
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Sometimes the ISBN number on the copyright page is from the hardback version.  Like they did not reset the type when it was reissued.  And sometimes there is weirdness when books moved from one publishing house to a second one.  Such as a book being reissued by a different publisher, either because they took over the rights or bought out the other publisher. 

The ISBN numbers were much more flexible in their use before the late 80s.  Suddenly everything started to became computerized, with the numbers being used as price tags.  Before that the numbers were only used by the publishing industry.  Numbers were often reused and shifted about before that point.