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Subject: I have no idea
Date Posted: 8/16/2010 4:39 PM ET
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I was looking though posted books the other day and came across a wish list book. I am number 74 on the list for it. I pm the person and ask her about the book because the IBSN did not bring up that book. So today I get it, I am still puzzled about how it was listed but it was good for me I guess.

Date Posted: 8/16/2010 4:47 PM ET
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Is it the same ISBN? It could just be a different version that used the same ISBN. I've seen others mention how sometimes books aren't linked together in the system for whatever reason, so they don't always come up in searches. That could be what happened here.

Date Posted: 8/16/2010 5:02 PM ET
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I think she might just put the wrong number in cause when I put that number in Amazon nothing came up either. I had to put the IBSN number from the back and it came up so I dont know what she did. Lucky me ! I would have had to wait 74 more times.

Date Posted: 8/16/2010 6:13 PM ET
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I always search by title when I am looking for a book ... there have been a few times where I have been able to jump a large Wish List by finding an alternate ISBN that is posted.

There are many many books that are not linked together properly in the PBS system.

I have also been posting these occasionally, because I order books from bookcloseouts.com and they seem to get Canadian and Australian editions of books regularly ... so when I go to post them, usually there is no WL for my copies although the US version may have a WL.

Date Posted: 8/16/2010 8:35 PM ET
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Some publishers will use a different number if they are tracking sales to a specific market.  Such as bookclubs, school mail order, their own website, or chain gift stores.  That way they can compare the sales statistics and marketing.