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Subject: ISBN comes up with wrong format
Date Posted: 4/14/2011 9:02 PM ET
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When I enter an ISBN, it comes up as "hardback", but my book is paperback. I don't want to post it as hardback, because it's not, but I'm not sure what to do? When I search by the book by title, other versions come up in paperback, but the ISBN's don't match. I'm confused and could use some guidance.


thanks :)

Date Posted: 4/14/2011 9:28 PM ET
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You will need to post this book as if it doesn't have an ISBN.  You risk getting a RWAP and having to refund a credit it you post it under the ISBN that shows a "hardback" and you are not allowed to post it just by picking a picture that matches when the ISBN doesn't.

Date Posted: 4/14/2011 10:26 PM ET
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You'll also want to make sure your book is not an Advance Reader Copy or an Uncorrected Proof. These are often issued in paperback with the same ISBN as the hardcover and are not allowed to be listed, even under non-ISBNs. They'll usually note it somewhere on the cover.

Last Edited on: 4/14/11 10:27 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/14/2011 10:31 PM ET
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I copied and pasted some detailed steps for posting your book without an ISBN. If you know how you should upload a cover image and be sure to put in the description. I've had to do this a number of times and the books always get ordered eventually. Good luck!


If your book does not match the listing information (title, author, booktype) in the database for the ISBN on the book, it must be Posted without an ISBN

To post your book without an ISBN:

  • First, make sure to look over your book really well
    • Sometimes ISBN numbers can be found in unexpected places like the spine
    • The back of the book and in the publishing information in the front of the book are the most common places to find an ISBN.
  • If your book has no ISBN (or the ISBN you have doesn't work in the system):
    • Go to the Post Books page
      • From My Account: click the Post Books tab
      • From anywhere on the site: place your cursor over My Account on the toolbar at the top of the site and click Post Books in the menu that drops down.
      • From your Bookshelf, click the link "Post Books" at the top of the page, in the yellow bar.
    • On the Post Books page:
      • Click the "Post a Book without an ISBN" link at the top of the page, in the yellow bar.
      • Enter the information about the book in the form that comes up:
        • Mandatory information includes: title, author, book dimensions, Subject (genre), booktype
        • Optional information includes: Large Print, Homeschool, Publisher, # pages, Back cover Description (synopsis of the book content), Book Cover image.
        • Your Book Cover Image needs to be less than 5 MB in size, and in .jpg format.

When you are done, your book will be listed in the database with a customized listing that has a "short ISBN" or "PBS ISBN", which is the 5 or 6 digit number that PBS assigns in place of the ISBN to keep track of the book in the system.

Date Posted: 4/14/2011 10:51 PM ET
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From the Help Center:

When I enter the ISBN on my paperback, the listing shows a hardcover!

Problem: You enter the ISBN on your paperback and the book Listing Preview says "hardcover".

This means one of two things:

1.  Your book is an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)

If your book is a paperback, and the ISBN brings up a Book Listing Preview that says "hardcover", please check your book to be sure it is not an ARC.   If it is an ARC, it cannot be Posted for swapping at PBS.

Solution: You can offer this book to others in the Book Bazaar Discussion Forum, but you cannot Post it to your PBS bookshelf.

2. The publisher chose to assign the same ISBN to more than one version of this title.

Publishers sometime choose to assign the same ISBN to multiple versions of a book.  However, PBS can attach only ONE booktype to the listing for an ISBN.  If your book does not have the booktype assigned to the ISBN in the PBS database, you will need to post it with a customized listing, using the Post a Book Without an ISBN link on the Post Books page, so that the booktype matches your book.

Solution: You will need to post this book with a customized listing for the book, using the Post Books without an ISBN link on the Post Books page.

Date Posted: 4/15/2011 7:33 AM ET
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I have posted a book without an ISBN before, just didn't think this would fall in to that category, since technically, it has one.

Thanks for the advice, y'all :)