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Subject: ISBNs not matching
Date Posted: 1/6/2008 6:44 AM ET
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I'm new here, and I have 2 ISBNs that come up as hardcover, when they are really the paperback version.  Can I just select the paperback version with the incorrect ISBN?

Date Posted: 1/6/2008 7:35 AM ET
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Amanda, the short answer is no.  I've included an entry from the help section about this below.  This has happened to me before, too, usually when I'm posting a book from Quality Paperback Book Club, which often issues paperbacks that are not ARCs under the hardcover ISBN.  I just post under "no ISBN" and the books ultimately have been requested -- it may just take a little longer.  If the book would be on a wish list if posted under the real ISBN, you can post in the Book Bazaar forum that you have the book -- there's a thread dedicated to WL books with other ISBNs.

Welcome to PBS!

Help center section:

Problem: You enter the ISBN on your paperback and the book Listing Preview says "hardcover".

This means one of two things:

1.  Your book is an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC)

If your book is a paperback, and the ISBN brings up a Book Listing Preview that says "hardcover", please check your book to be sure it is not an ARC.   If it is an ARC, it cannot be Posted for swapping at PBS.

Solution: You can offer this book to others in the Book Bazaar Discussion Forum, but you cannot Post it to your PBS bookshelf.

2. The publisher chose to assign the same ISBN to more than one version of this title.

Publishers sometime choose to assign the same ISBN to multiple versions of a book.  However, PBS can attach only ONE booktype to the listing for an ISBN.  If your book does not have the booktype assigned to the ISBN in the PBS database, you will need to post it with a customized listing, using the Post a Book Without an ISBN link on the Post Books page, so that the booktype matches your book.

Solution: You will need to post this book with a customized listing for the book, using the Post Books without an ISBN link on the Post Books page.

 

Date Posted: 1/6/2008 1:14 PM ET
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Ok, thanks,  I don't see anything on them about being ARCs.  I did post one without thinking about it, and it is on someone's wish list, but they haven't requested it yet.  I can't figure out how to remove it. :(

Date Posted: 1/6/2008 1:19 PM ET
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You won't be able to remove it until it has been accepted. Make sure to PM the person and let them know that it is not the book they have WLed and offer to cancel the transaction if they do not want it. Some people won't care if it is a different binding, some will want only the edition they have WLed. You will need to be the one to cancel so the other member maintains their spot in the WL line. You can then repost the book correctly.

Welcome to PBS. Glad you are venturing into the forum with your questions.

Date Posted: 1/6/2008 5:57 PM ET
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ETA: It has been brought to my attention that this may not actually be okay.  I will send in feedback to see if I can get clarification and update accordingly.  Until then folks please disregard this.

Amanda, you can do a search of the title in question and probably find other non-ISBN postings for it.  Then you can use the Post Book button on the book details page.  Just pick the posting that most closely matches the details of your book.  (If needed (or wanted) you can also edit those details using that option from the little down arrow on the book details page.   I did this recently with some pre-ISBN books I had.  If you want more detail or help doing this, shoot me a PM.



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Date Posted: 1/7/2008 7:01 PM ET
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Ok, someone has requested that book I incorrectly added.  Do I have to click I cannot mail?  I don't see anyway to pm them?  Then , if I say "cannot mail" will I be able to see who it was that wants it?

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 7:19 PM ET
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In order to PM them, you will need to accept the order.  If they do not want it, then you will need to cancel it. 

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 7:23 PM ET
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Ok, I understand.  Thanks!

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 7:28 PM ET
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You have two choices:

1) Accept it and then there will be a PM button and you can ask them if they want it.  If they don't then you can cancel the order and they won't lose their place in the wish list. 

2) Mark cannot mail.  You won't have a way to contact the person after this.  You can then post in the Book Bazaar as a wishlist book with different binding.

ETA: Phooey, I had a phone call so Melissa beat me to it!  :-)



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Date Posted: 1/9/2008 7:32 AM ET
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Yes, please do PM them...I just had this happen to me. I had a hardcover book wishlisted (I've already read the book and am collecting the HC for my keeper shelf) and it came up from my WL...but when I got it, it was the paperback version. The ISBN was totally different than the ISBN on my request. I did mark it as 'wrong book received' because it WAS the wrong book. In this case, the person had to have posted the book by title and not ISBN because the ISBNs are different for the different versions. She's new so I hope I got her educated to list books by ISBN, NOT just by author/title.

In your case, it's one of those stupid publisher things where they use the same ISBN regardless of the format so you would have to enter the book without an ISBN when you list it....since you already did post it, I would definitely PM the member though to make them aware that while the ISBN is the same, your format is different than the one she has wishlisted. She may not care--and most of the time I wouldn't either, as I just want to read the book regardless of format...but it might be a case like mine where a specific version is wanted for some reason.

Hope it works out okay!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 12:33 PM ET
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I did pm them, but I am still waiting for a response.  I don't think they check here very often.

Date Posted: 1/9/2008 3:08 PM ET
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I sure wish there was an option for pm'ing someone *before* you accept the order. It would make life so much easier.