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Date Posted: 6/25/2009 5:38 PM ET
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I posted several books recently that are on the WL. They are paperbacks as are the Wishes.

Since they haven't been requested from me as yet, I can only suppose that not all paperbacks of the same book are the same.

What do the differences in ISBN's in paperback books signify? Hope this makes sense.

Thanks for any help.



Date Posted: 6/25/2009 6:15 PM ET
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Sometimes a book will be a mass market paperback and another ISBN version a trade paperback (bigger in size.) Sometimes older books are picked up by a different publisher later on, so the book with the ISBN published in 1980 will look different than the one published in 2007.

Even if it seems 'silly' that someone might not want one ISBN but do want another when it's the same book, you should always only post books with the ISBN. The wisher may be collecting the books and want only that edition, or have some other reason. Usually people who have the e-mail notifications turned on will be notified that someone has posted a book that is is "similar" to the one on their wish list so they can check it out if they want to order it. You can also look in the Book Bazaar forum for the thread with "wishlisted books with different ISBNs" and post what you have there. Someone may want it and see it there.


Date Posted: 6/25/2009 6:30 PM ET
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To add to Cheryl's excellent advice, different ISBNs can also be used for large print, different translations of foreign books, revised editions, book club, abridged or foreign language editions, or even different publishers (for classics like "Tom Sawyer" which are published by multiple publishers). 

Over in the Book Bazaar, there's often a monthly thread for "WL books with a different ISBN" -- you might try posting there.  Here's June's thread: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=166829


Date Posted: 6/25/2009 7:38 PM ET
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Thanks alot guys. That link to the Bazaar helps alot.

And I sure didn't know that people would prefer one book over another.

I guess that's cause I just read any kind of book if the

story is what I want.