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Subject: ISBN Not In System
Date Posted: 8/30/2011 9:52 PM ET
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I have a copy of Ape House by Sara Gruen that does not come up in the systen using the ISBN number, but when I do a google search using the same number it comes up on a bunch of book sites. Any idea? There's 1289 wishers here for other versions.
Date Posted: 8/30/2011 10:20 PM ET
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Is it a Target brand book?  I had a Target brand version of Room awhile back that wasn't in the PBS system.  Since it is such a heavily wishlisted book, post it without an ISBN and someone will snatch it up fast.

Date Posted: 8/30/2011 10:41 PM ET
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Someone like me... 

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Last Edited on: 8/30/11 10:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/31/2011 4:47 AM ET
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Sometimes searching for an ISBN will trigger the system to look for it. I will search, then come back to search again later. It will take about a half hour.
Date Posted: 8/31/2011 5:55 PM ET
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So if the book has a different isbn, but everything else is the same, you can list the book? Will a sender get in trouble if the requestor says the isbns do not match?

Date Posted: 8/31/2011 6:09 PM ET
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So if the book has a different isbn, but everything else is the same, you can list the book? Will a sender get in trouble if the requestor says the isbns do not match?

To post the book, the ISBN must match for the book to be postable.  ISBN, author, title and bindin all have to match the listing.

In this case, the book can be posted without an ISBN.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=68

When do you need to Post a book using the Post Books Without an ISBN feature?

  • When your book has no ISBN
  • When your book's ISBN is unknown to the PBS database (has not yet been added by regular updates)
  • When your book's ISBN "brings up" another booktype in the database
    • Such as the paperback if you have the hardcover, and vice versa
    • Such as Large Print when you have the regular-font version
    • This happens when the publisher assigns the same ISBN to multiple booktypes).

If your book does not match the listing information (title, author, booktype) in the database for the ISBN on the book, it must be Posted without an ISBN

 



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Date Posted: 8/31/2011 6:47 PM ET
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Thanks, I have two books that have an ISBN but do not match anything in the PBS database.

Date Posted: 8/31/2011 9:14 PM ET
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Do an ISBN search first.  As Emily said, that will trigger the database to look for info on that ISBN next time it does an update. 

If there's nothing after a few days, you can enter the ISBN and all the info about the book on the Post Books page and create a listing.  Or you can post it without an ISBN.  But you can't post it using a different ISBN.

Since it's a wish list book, you can also post it in the monthly Book Bazaar thread for alternate versions of wish list books. 

Date Posted: 8/31/2011 9:52 PM ET
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I will also add a tag to the book with the large WL.  Something like "also under ISBN xxxx".  This will get your book noticed.