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Subject: ISBN/ book type question
Date Posted: 7/12/2009 2:48 PM ET
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Is there a way to change a book type with a book that is already listed? I am trying to list a book, and the ISBN that I have shows the correct book, but the book type is "board book". There is no way this book has been, or ever will be, a board book. (The Golden Bough, by Sir James George Frazer, over 800 pages).

http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780020955702-The+Golden+Bough+A+World+Classic+1Volume

I know that I can enter my book with the no-isbn option, but it seems that it would be better to have the correct listing in the first place.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 3:00 PM ET
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Ann,

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "member tools".  There will be a "Edit Book Data" link.  You'll need to enter the ISBN and enter/correct the information there.  Once the Book Data team has approved it you'll see the change.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 3:01 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/12/2009 3:42 PM ET
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I don't know if that can be done that way with binding type. They are picky with that and it's hard to get it changed.  You might have to prove that it was never issued as a "board book" which is usually a children's book right? 

Can't hurt to try though. 

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 3:47 PM ET
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Thanks! I used member tools. We'll see.

Yes, a board book is a children's book. There is no way this book was a kid's book! (from the back cover -- "describes our ancestors' primitive methods of workship, sex practices, strange rituals....")

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 10:12 PM ET
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Speaking of books listed as board books that really shouldn't be, I just did a search for "The Great Gatsby" and there are at least 2 versions posted as board books.  Over 200 pages, lots of adultery, somehow I can't see this a kids book either.

Date Posted: 7/12/2009 11:18 PM ET
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Members cannot change the binding type under the Edit menu, because it will impact all copies currently posted in the system.  The only way to have a binding type changed is by contacting PBS using the "Contact Us" link and making a "case" to change it.  They do this very rarely, since it does affect other copies.

Board books are not only for children; it is a binding type, not a literary genre.  "Deluxe" editions are sometimes published as board books. Here is one example of a board book not meant for children: http://www.lastgasp.com/d/34563/

I looked at that ISBN at Amazon, and it gives a weight of 6 pounds ... not that Amazon is a great source of accurate information in that regard, but if it is true, that could indicate a board book edition of that title, which would account for the weight, and the publisher may have recycled the ISBN.

Otherwise, as you've already noted, you'll have to post it as a non-ISBN title.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 12:55 PM ET
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Board books are not only for children; it is a binding type, not a literary genre.  "Deluxe" editions are sometimes published as board books. Here is one example of a board book not meant for children: Link

Yes, but the book you linked only has 6 pages. My book is over 800 pages. And it's a literary reference type book. I don't think it's posted often, and I'm willing to bet that someone accidently hit "board book".

Plus -- if it's a deluxe version, wouldn't it have a different ISBN?

I ran into this with a different book I have, but it's a paperback with a Hardcover ISBN. (That makes more sense).

Date Posted: 7/13/2009 2:29 PM ET
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<<Plus -- if it's a deluxe version, wouldn't it have a different ISBN?>>

In an ideal world, yes, but sometimes publishers not only reuse ISBNs for different editions, but also for entirely different titles as well.

In any event, your only options are to write PBS or post as a non-ISBN work.

Cheers,

Catt