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Subject: How do you tell people you have the same book, just under a different ISBN?
Date Posted: 9/28/2008 10:26 AM ET
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I am new, but I read through a bunch of the help topics, and I think I have the hang of things.  However I was quite surprised when I entered the name of an author into the wishlist search and the first book to show up was a book that I posted last night?  I got to looking at it and realized that the book I posted has a different ISBN than the one these people have requested.  Closer examination revealed this is due to the fact that their request and my book are from different publishers.  So I was wondering if there is any way to alert these people that I have the title they want? 

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 10:35 AM ET
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Hi Ray,

That person should get a pm from the PBS Librarian saying that a book that they want is available but under a different ISBN.

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Date Posted: 9/28/2008 11:09 AM ET
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I usually put the book on my reminder list to see how many of my version are posted first.  Many times if the WL version is large print, audio or hardback than that's what people want.  So if there's a lot of copies of your version posted already than most likely people know it's there and they don't want that version.  Then I would just post the book and hope it doesn't take a long time to get ordered.

You could tag the WL version with the ISBN of yours. But if the WL version is lrg print or audio they most likely won't want your mass market paperback (if that's what you have).  Tagging worked for me when I had a paperback of a WL book that was also paperback.  There were 80+ on WL for one and 2 posted of the one I had.  It was ordered pretty quick. 

One time I had a hardback of a book that had a long WL line for paperback. All I did was post the book and it was ordered quickly. Either from the other versions email or the books posted today list. 

 

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 11:41 AM ET
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Thanks, now I have another question.  What is the reminder list and how is that different from the wish list?

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 12:00 PM ET
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It is for books that are in the system. To remind you that you were interested in it.

However, a neat trick is to add a book to your reminder list as it tells you how many books with that isbn are in the system.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 12:02 PM ET
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Date Posted: 9/28/2008 1:14 PM ET
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>It is for books that are in the system. To remind you that you were interested in it.

It is also for books that are NOT in the system, but won't fit on your wishlist due to the 200 book limit.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 1:54 PM ET
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Just an FYI - before adding books to your Reminder List, make sure they are not on your WL. If you tell the system to add a WL book to your Reminder List, it will remove it from your WL and you will lose your place in line.

Date Posted: 9/28/2008 2:08 PM ET
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Plus I think they have a thread in the book bazzar for wishlisted books with different ISBN's

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 6:50 AM ET
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Yes, if you are going to be posting a book, do be sure to enter it by ISBN and not author name/title of book. Sometimes people do want only a specific version of the book they have wishlisted--hardcover or paperback or audio or large print--so they won't be interested in receiving yours. If you enter the ISBN and add it to the RL and see that there's 20 other copies already in the system, then you just have to wait your turn in the FIFO til someone orders it.

I occasionally will browse through my WL and click on the author's name to see if there are other versions of the book I have WL already in the system--sometimes I don't care, other times I really only want the version on my WL. And yes, there is the option of receiving e-mails to be notified when another version of the book is posted, but it is an option that can be turned off, and not everyone wants those e-mails. (For example, someone who is WLing the hardcover version of something that there are 20 copies of the paperback version posted every day would soon get tired of getting all those e-mails! LOL)

If you have the only copy of the other version in the system (or there's only a couple) and it's a highly wishlisted book, I would advertise in the above-mentioned thread in the book bazaar forum because someone will very likely snap it right up.

Cheryl

Subject: Thread in bazaar
Date Posted: 9/29/2008 10:08 AM ET
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Here's the thread in Book Bazaar, but since it is nearly the end of the month now,  be on the look-out for a new thread for October.

*****September Wishlisted Books with different ISBNs*****

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 10:37 AM ET
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One other thing...you didn't mention if the book you have has the same title as the one with the different ISBN. Be aware - especially with science fiction series and authors -  that publishers do sometimes re-publish books bundled together with a new title and ISBN.  C.J. Cherryh and Gene Wolfe are examples of this practice.  They do this to their older non-related books, and also to their series of books to make the books thicker and to sell more to the unsuspecting reader as well as to get more sales from older books  and maybe out of print books. Many people have been stung by this (including me).  In fact, in the Foriegner series by C.J. Cherryh the final book (of a total of 9 (?) books in a series of 3 trilogies)  was bundled under the same title  as the previously published next to last  book   which  made if  necessary  to buy  the next to last book again just  to  get  the  final  book.   Many times you don't realize this "mistake" until you start reading.

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Date Posted: 9/29/2008 12:56 PM ET
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Ruth, thanks for the Cherryh/Foreigner info.  I've read the first trilogy and have been half-heartedly collecting the rest (not because I don't want to read it - it's a great series, I've just been lazy) so it is good to have this info.  I've recently added Cherryh to my favorite authors list and have been working to collect her body of work as I come across volumes at a decent price...

Date Posted: 9/29/2008 1:56 PM ET
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Not to hijack this thread - BUT  just a tip - the last 2 books in the series (so far) are packaged together into one book.  This one burned me in the Cherryh's Chanur series because I bought the next to last one - and then had to buy the last one bundled with the next to last one because they didn't print it separately.  Bugged me because I try to get most if not all the books in one series before reading them....so I could've not bought the next to last book!  And the title on the new book ws not the title of either of the 2 books.  At $8 a piece it gets expensive (for me, at least).

Ruth

Robin - I may have been thinking "Foeigner" series when I really was thinking of the "Chanur" series.  I'm getting old and things don't always come out the way it should.  Tip  - do your research on all the books.  Cherryh's earlier books for sure are being reprinted together but under new titles.

 ETA - Spelling errors that I see!



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Date Posted: 9/29/2008 7:30 PM ET
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Same title.  Different publisher.  The book is Trevayne by Robert Ludlum.  My copy is published by St. Martin's Press.  The one that is wished listed by several people is published by Orion.  Other than that, I don't see any difference.  They were even published in the same year.  I'm not really familiar with the ins and outs of the publishing world, but that seems odd to me.  It would be like Touchstone releasing a movie and then 6 months later Universal releases the same movie again. 

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 7:33 AM ET
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Ray, it could be that one was released in the UK or Canada or Australia--many publishers have different 'houses' in each country with a different name and they issue different ISBNs for each one. Sometimes PBS database doesn't recognize the foreign-printed books, other times it does. You can usually tell if it's a UK book if you look on the back and it says the price is £4.50 or something instead of dollars. LOL

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/30/2008 4:29 PM ET
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I use the reinder list for books that are in the system, but I am not willing to spend a credit on yet, because my credits are running low and I want to save them for my WL books that are on auto-request.