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Subject: ISBN says hardcover not paperback
Date Posted: 10/1/2010 3:28 PM ET
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Two books that I have to list say hardcover on the site but are both paperback.  I've double checked the ISBN and  I've typed it in correctly.  How do I go about posting my books?  I can't let it say Hardcover when it's not.  Thanks in advance

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 10/1/2010 3:31 PM ET
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Susan - First check to make sure your books are not ARCs. If they are, you can't post them to your bookshelf. If this is just a case of the publisher using the same ISBN for hardcover and paperbacks, you will need to use the Post a Book Without an ISBN page to post your books.

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 3:31 PM ET
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publisher's frequently reuse ISBNs.  You have to post yours without one. PBS will give it a 5 digit number.  Make sure you don't have Advanced Readers Copies.  Those are usually tradesized paperback books with the hardcover ISBN. 

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 3:36 PM ET
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These are definitely not ARC's.  Ugh.  I was hoping I wouldn't have to use a PBS ISBN.  lol.  I'm afraid no one will ever see it and request it.

 

Thanks for helping.  Sue

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 3:45 PM ET
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Just because it does not have a standard ISBN # does not mean no one will see your book -- any time any one searches for books by title or author, it will show up. I have always found that it is helpful to make sure that you put in a book description and a cover image to make it as appealing as can be. I have listed lots of books with the PBS ISBN and they have rarely lingered on my shelf.

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 3:50 PM ET
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Thanks, Sally.  How do I get cover image?

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 3:53 PM ET
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I've pulled them off Amazon or other book sites-just don't use one that has the Look Inside or something like that over the picture.  I've also just scanned the cover of my book in when I couldn't find a cover match online.

Date Posted: 10/1/2010 4:15 PM ET
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Thanks, Mary.

One book's binding broke and pages started to fall out as I was entering the information.  lol.  Oh well.  Better to happen now than after I mail it. 

Thanks, everyone, for your advice. 

Sue

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 10/1/2010 5:07 PM ET
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Sometimes, publishers will re-use an ISBN for several editions of a book. However, PBS ties specific book editions to a specific ISBN. When this ISBN was created, it was tied to the hardcover edition. So there is at least one book out there with that ISBN and that binding listed on PBS, and it may be involved in a transaction here. So PBS cannot change their listing. PBS cannot untie this edition from this binding.

In a case like this, your book (if a different edition than the PBS listing) must be posted as a Book Without an ISBN, even though it does have one. But all posted books on PBS must match four criteria: title, author, ISBN, and binding type. If your book differs from the PBS listing in any of these criteria, the Book Without An ISBN posting is the only way to list it here. It will then receive a unique ISBN generated for your book edition.

Once you have done this, there are two main ways to "advertise" your edition of a book, to let members know about your alternate ISBN.

The first way is to "tag" the WishListed version with a Tag directing them to your book's edition, such as "Alternate paperback ISBN: XXXX"

The other way is to post discussions about your alternate ISBN in the Discussion Forums. Main place to do this is the Book Bazaar forum. There is an ongoing discussion there called Alternate ISBNs of WishListed Books. You could also start an entirely new discussion. Alternatively, you could also post about the alternate ISBN in the pertinent Genre Discussion group. (For instance, in the Mysteries & Thrillers group if your book is a mystery.)

To read more about posting alternate edition books (books without an ISBN feature), please see the Help Center article:

How do I post a book without an ISBN?
 

Date Posted: 10/2/2010 6:59 AM ET
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You have helped me again, Sianeka.  (smile)  Thank you.  That was great.  I feel better about it.  I posted one book like that.  The other one, I'll probably just give away because the binding broke.  Pages were falling out. 

Thanks, everyone.  You really helped!  (big hugs)