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Subject: ISBN help
Date Posted: 2/6/2015 5:44 PM ET
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I have a book that the ISBN 10 matches the PBS listing, but the ISBN 13 doesn't.

Do both ISBNs have to match or only one of them? I don't know what to do with this book now. I tried amazon and Google and I can't find that the ISBN 13 that's on my book exists anywhere, I guess maybe it's a misprint. 

So now it gets interesting lol.

my book has "ISBN-10: 0-505-52421-X  ISBN-13: 978-0-505-52721-8"

The PBS listing has the same isbn 10 but the ISBN 13 is 978-0-505-52421-8  This isbn 13 matches the upc code on my book (underneath both ISBNs).

Last Edited on: 2/6/15 5:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/6/2015 6:00 PM ET
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I've pm'd you Shannon

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 7:06 PM ET
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It looks to me like they might have misprinted the 13 digit ISBN, because the only difference between the 10 and 13 digit ISBNs for the same book/edition should be the first three and the very last digits.

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 11:25 PM ET
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The only difference should be the addition of the 978 and the check digit will change at the end. Must be a typo.

Date Posted: 2/6/2015 11:30 PM ET
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Maria was kind enough to help me out.  And I even got a response from the team within 2 hours (on a Friday night too). I posted here cause I didn't expect to hear back from them for a couple of days.

If you're interested, they also believe it is a misprint on the isbn 13 and said it was fine to post normally because the isbn 10 matches.