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Subject: Multiple listings for the same title
Date Posted: 6/12/2014 4:47 PM ET
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I'm new (love the site so far)... it seems as though in alot of instances, there are multiple listings for books... especially popular ones.  Sometimes it's different editions and covers, or hard cover vs. paperback.  My question is a) how often to swappers really pay attention to the particular edition they have of a book and b) if I just want a book, and don't care what version it is, do I have to use however many  wish list spots it takes, or is there some way to ask for any version?



Date Posted: 6/12/2014 4:53 PM ET
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Welcome Joseph!

Yes, the system is ISBN driven, so however many ISBNs a book is published under, there will be listings for. Sometimes more if they are postings for "books without ISBNs". If you don't care what binding you get and want to try for whichever one you can get first, you do need to get into all of the Wish List lines.

People DO have to pay attention to what edition of book they have, I hope you aresmiley The system requires us to ONLY post our books to the ISBN that is printed on the book. If the ISBN is not on the book, we are not allowed to post to that ISBN in the system. People often do request books for a specific binding so posting correctly avoids sending something that the requester does not want.

To become more familiar with posting books on the site, you can Browse the Help Center documents under Posting Books to see what things about the listings have to match the book you have, what the condition requirements are, etc.

Have fun swapping, glad you like it here so far!

Date Posted: 6/12/2014 5:45 PM ET
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a) how often to swappers really pay attention to the particular edition they have of a book and

Always. You have to post books using the ISBN printed on the book, and when you post a book, there are 4 items that must match on your book and the PBS listing that you are posting to. 1. title, 2. author, 3. ISBN, 4. book binding type (paperback or hardcover). The cover does not have to match, and it's quite common that a book has a different cover than the cover shown in the PBS listing for that ISBN. Don't be distracted by the cover image, and don't post to a different listing where the cover matches but the ISBN does not. That's a common mistake that people make, but someone who orders the book may very well ask for their credit back if the ISBN of what they receive does not match what they ordered.

b) if I just want a book, and don't care what version it is, do I have to use however many  wish list spots it takes, or is there some way to ask for any version?

Yes, unfortunately, you must put each version of the book on your Wish List and use up spots for it. However, it is worth it to check on Amazon for the widely released ISBNs and only Wish List those, as it is entirely possible and not uncommon that PBS has ISBNs of books published in other English speaking countries get added to this site. But those versions of the books are not posted frequently, for obvious reasons. And, wasting a Wish List spot for the Australian paperback version of some book when you could use the spot for the American paperback version is obviously bad.

Date Posted: 6/12/2014 6:50 PM ET
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I'd like to add, ISBN are 10 or 13 digits.  The short 5 or 6 ones are for use on PBS only, for books without ISBNs or with a different binding than the main listing.  It is not very effective to Wish List the short numbers as they are often used only once.  (It is helpful to look for them, just not wish list them.)

Last Edited on: 6/12/14 6:51 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/13/2014 12:04 AM ET
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Welcome to PBS Joseph!  What they said yes, but PBS is fairly flexible and most members find a method that works for them!

Don't see this mentioned yet, but on your home page under 'Settings' you can set your preferences to receive e-mails "Wish List - other versions"  It's the 6th blue box labeled E-mail settings, under the column 'I Do Not Want'

Last Edited on: 6/13/14 12:04 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/13/2014 2:17 AM ET
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The "Wish List - other versions" setting can help limit the number of specific editions included one's wish list. Also, note that the "short ISBNs" are numbers assigned by PBS to uniquely identify books that have been posted without an ISBN either because the books were published without an ISBN, or because one or more of the four required conditions for posting were not matched : title, author, ISBN, book type.

In general I would not wish list books having the short ISBNs unless there are no other editions of the book in the database, and in those cases I would use the "Wish List - other versions" option.

Last Edited on: 6/13/14 2:20 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/13/2014 1:57 PM ET
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For my wishlist, I used to wish several different copies of the book I wanted but as my wish list grew too large I had to delete the repeat requests. Even wishing for only one copy, I always get emails when the same title is listed by someone else but you have to order those very quickly as they don't last long.