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Subject: missing ISBN number
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 12:29 PM ET
Member Since: 2/8/2010
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I have a Star Trek book that has an ISBN number that isn't in the database. Now i have found 3 other similar copies, just with different numbers. What do I do??



Date Posted: 2/9/2010 12:35 PM ET
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Sorry for the misinformation. I was just going by what the Help Center said to do if the ISBN in not in the database.

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Date Posted: 2/9/2010 12:40 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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The first thing I do is a search for the number on the search bar at the top.   Often this will trigger the system to find the number.   This may take an hour or so.  If you search again, the number may have been added.

If the number is used by another book, then you will need to enter it without an ISBN.  If any of the other books have a five or six number ISBN, that is what they are.   You should not list the book under a different 10 or 13 digit ISBN.

Last Edited on: 2/9/10 12:42 PM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 2/9/2010 7:06 PM ET
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Emily has the right answer if there is no ISBN on the book, or if another book is already being used by that ISBN, butif the book has an ISBN that is NOT in the database, use the regular post a book page, When you enter the ISBN, it will take you to a page to enter this ISBN into the database. You will need to enter the title, author, publisher, measurements, # of pgs, and a description. If there is another book of this title with another ISBN, you can open two windows and copy paste the information over to the form you are filling in.

Not every ISBN in the history of ISBNs is already in the database, and some of them just cannot be forced into it, by the normal searching method (Search for the ISBN, then the title and author only, then the title & author with the ISBN, and then wait a week and try it again. Someimes it will show up as late as a couple weeks later, sometimes, not at all. By searching, you cause the database to make a note to go out to its source and try to find this information. If it does, you have the easy route, if it doesn't, you have to do the manual enter, but NOT THE NON-ISBN METHOD.)

Please be sure you have tried the search method and tried to get the system to find the ISBN first, and then continue on as I described above if it doesn't show up.

Let me know if you have any more questions, I'll be happy to help you thru it, but it really isn't hard, it's very similar to the non-ISBN page, but it is a valid ISBN, and the 13 digit equivalent of your inputted 10 digit will be at the top of the page.

To clarify, if the number you enter is not a valid ISBN, the system will tell you that it is not valid, by not showing it as green, and then you DO have to post it without one. But if it turns green, it will present you with the form.

Last Edited on: 2/9/10 7:08 PM ET - Total times edited: 1