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Subject: Do they ignore ISBNs?
Date Posted: 2/27/2009 7:01 PM ET
Member Since: 9/4/2007
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I have been a member for a year and I have received five wrong books.  I know that accidents happen and books get switched,etc.  But for me, in every case, amazingly, the book was intentionally sent because it either had a similar title or the same author, but a TOTALLY different ISBN.  I don't get it.  Are there people who don't use ISBN's to post their books?  After the second incident, I thought it might help to take my wish list off my profile b/c I thought that people might just be sending titles that they saw listed there, but this problem persists.  And what is really frustrating is now I have to get back in queue all over again the book I wanted in the first place.

Here's an example: 1970's Penguin edition of _Emma_ by Austen was sent when I requested The Modern Library version

Am I the only person who has had this happen?

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 7:12 PM ET
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I am sorry you are having a run of bad luck with Wishlist books. That would frustrate me too. I hope you are marking those books as received with a problem, since they really are the wrong books. It seems so much harder to post books by any other means than with the ISBN, it always amazes me when folks do.

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 7:29 PM ET
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Some children's books have to posted without an ISBN because they are book club editions (such as Scholastic, Trumpet, Troll) and don't have an ISBN.  In these cases the ISBN listed inside the front cover is the Hardcover original version, so it can't be used.

I agree, would be much easier to post with one, but for some things it isn't an option.

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 2/27/2009 7:32 PM ET
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They might post the lazy way.  Go to Club Wish List.  Enter the title and author of the book.  A perfect example is Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich.  I have the book, with a different ISBN than the ISBN on the WL.  There are 37 people looking for the book that's a different edition.  If I didn't pay attention/look at the ISBN I could have hit post this book and off it would have gone in a flash.  But, it's not the edition those 37 people want so I'd have been hit with a RWAP.. 

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 7:34 PM ET
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What's probably happening is this: they put the correct ISBN in, but during the posting process, a screen comes up that lists some alternate versions of the book, along with their covers.  Some people do not realize that the cover does not need to match what is in the PBS system, and they get confused and click on one of the alternate versions without realizing that it is a completely different version of the book.  It is either a matter of confusion, or of moving too quickly and not reading and/or paying attention, because the information is all there.  But, it happens, and pretty frequently.  I spent months trying to get the trade version of a book, only to be sent the mmpb version several times, which had a completely different ISBN than the trade version.  Some things that might help: when your request is accepted, PM the sender and politely verify that the book is the version you want.  Alternately, you can put on a RC that requests the sender to verify that the ISBN matches the one you requested.  This is what I ended up doing, and I got a lot of requests declined, but that's good, because it wasn't the version I wanted!  You might have to be patient, but eventually you'll get the book.

If you do receive the wrong version of a book, with an ISBN that does not match, it is important to mark it RWAP and choose the Wrong Book option.  If the book is WLed, you will go back onto the WL in the #1 position without having to contact PBS with a request to do this.

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 7:35 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2007
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I think the posting by the wrong ISBN is a problem because people don't read the rules on this site and assume that they can post them here like other sites. I used to be baffled on why people would post a book with an ISBN on it by another one until I saw on, I think FR or TT, that they actually told members if they couldn't find their ISBN to use find a book that was close and post that one. I was floored they told people that, but it was also an aha! moment on why some might do it here.

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 7:36 PM ET
Member Since: 9/27/2008
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No you aren't the only person that it has happened to.  I recently got a hard-cover when I had requested a paperback version.  I'm one of those weird people that prefer's paperbacks, so it irked me a bit.  When I PMed the person, she replied that was what came up when the put the ISBN number in.  Which was a blantent lie because the dust cover was not with this book and there was no ISBN on the inside. 

It's annoying, but what can you do?

Date Posted: 2/27/2009 10:44 PM ET
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I think the other thing that happens is that someone receives a book with a different ISBN and never checks it when he or she receives it. Then when he or she goes to repost the book back to the site from the TBR list, the book continues on its merry way even though it's the wrong ISBN. Raising hand here because when I first started here, one of the wishlist books I received was the wrong binding but since i had two different versions on my wishlist, I really didn't pay attention to it when I received it and just marked it received without a problem. I only caught it when I posted the book back into the system from my TBR pile-which is just a matter of clicking a button. It was only then I realized-hey--this isn't right. If I'd been posting a bunch of books that day from my TBR pile, I could have easily missed it and perpetuated the wrong ISBN being posted.

Duwaar - ,
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 10:11 AM ET
Member Since: 9/4/2007
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Good to know about the relisting on your wish list.