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Subject: ISBN coming up with wrong book type?
Date Posted: 6/12/2008 11:43 AM ET
Member Since: 5/21/2008
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Hi, I have a question. For one of my books, I typed in the ISBN code, but it is coming up as a paperback book (it's a hardcover). There is no other binding option listed.

Is there a way for me to post it with the correct binding? Should I just post it on "Doesn't have an ISBN" category?

THANKS!

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 12:08 PM ET
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You need to use "no ISBN" option to list the book.  It's frustrating, isn't it?

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 12:19 PM ET
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Haha, yes it is frustrating! I'm not sure why it's listed as a paperback, since the paperback version has a completely different ISBN number.

Normally, I wouldn't even bother worrying about it, but this was a really good historical romance and I'd rather someone enjoyed it than it sit in a box on my floor!

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 1:21 PM ET
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it could be that there is more than one paperback version and one of those has the same ISBN as the HC...

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 2:57 PM ET
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Nicki--

It isn't unusual, unfortunately, for publishers to use an ISBN for multiple editions of a book.  When that happens, whichever version gets into the system first "wins" -- other versions must use the "post without an ISBN" option.

That said, if you'll send me a PM with the ISBN of your book, I can look and see what I can find.  The standards for changing a binding type in a record on PBS are very rigorous, though.  Generally, if any proof can be found somewhere that there is a paperback edition under that ISBN, they won't change the format (to avoid potentially screwing up everyone's wishlists and bookshelves).  I'll be happy to look, though, and request a change if appropriate.

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 3:39 PM ET
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Sometimes they reuse an ISBN for a completely different book. I have a couple that I'm going to have to post with No ISBN because the ISBN brings up a completely dif book-same genre but different author/title.

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 11:18 PM ET
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Thanks everyone! I didn't realize that they reused ISBN numbers. I thought that each version had a unique code. Whoops!

Date Posted: 6/13/2008 12:43 PM ET
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<< I didn't realize that they reused ISBN numbers. I thought that each version had a unique code.>>

Ideally, this is how the system is intended to work.  However, sometimes publishers take matters into their own hands ... :-)

Cheers,

Catt