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Subject: ISBN Matching Question
Date Posted: 9/4/2010 11:09 PM ET
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I received a book today where the ISBN does not match the ISBN on the back cover, but it does match the one inside on the title page (the book has two different ISBNs).

In this particular case, it's not a big deal to me. But I was wondering if there is an official correct way to do this? I would think the ISBN on the cover would be more accurate. I'd like to educate the sender if possible, but I didn't see anything in the help docs. 

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 2:26 AM ET
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Does the ISBN on the cover have a listing in PBS?

If the book has the ISBN used to post it printed on the inside, I think its fine (postable the way the sender did it). As long as the bindings match too.

Every once in a while, ISBNs are misprinted on the book. I know that I have purchased books before with ISBN stickers stuck over the ISBN of the book. (Not a store sticker, a substitute ISBN sticker).

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 8:53 AM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2009
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When the book is requested you should drop a note letting them know to use the ISBN on the copyright page.

Also, you may want to purchase file folder removable labels and cover the ISBN on the back of the book.  If you purchase removable labels the requester can remove the label without damaging the book. 

As long as the ISBN matches the  PBS listing you are okay to post.

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 9:01 AM ET
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I had a book with a ISBN on the back and when I entered it ; it came up as a hardback book which it was not. When I looked inside there was a different ISBN listed that matched the book . Did you try to enter the ISBN on the back of your book?  Maybe it has the same problem. I did not want to post a hardback and send a paperback.

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 9:01 AM ET
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"When the book is requested you should drop a note letting them know to use the ISBN on the copyright page.'

That is the one they used. I often find that the ones on the back cover are more accurate, as it is some sort of school market edition. I will check and see if that one is even in the system, I didn't think to check that. 

As the requestor, I am certainly not going to PM every sender to make sure the ISBN matches. 

Date Posted: 9/5/2010 10:35 AM ET
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If there are two different ISBN numbers, it is the sender who should notify the requester of which ISBN was used.  If it is on the back cover, it is easily covered with a removable label.  I would not cover up the ISBN on the copyright page.

I have found with the lesser known publishing companies the ISBN on the back cover doesn't match PBS listings, but the one on the copyright page does.  That is my experience at least.  Also on the copyright page there may be a ISBN listed for hardcover and one listed as paperback.