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Subject: One Book, Two ISBN's
Date Posted: 7/26/2009 1:09 AM ET
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Haven't read about this one yet.   Just tried to post a book that has two separate stories (books)  in it.   Each one has its own ISBN and therefore comes up as individual books in the system.  The book doesn't have an ISBN for the combination, though.   Should I put it under the "Books With No ISBN"?  That isn't accurate, but how else would a person do this?   Thanks!     :)     D.

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 1:16 AM ET
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 This was addressed earlier.  This may answer your question, I think it was a similar situation:


 ETA, checked link.  Since there are two books but each ISBN refers to a single story and not the combination your book needs to be entered to show that both stories are included. 

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Date Posted: 7/26/2009 10:15 AM ET
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Did you look on the page with all the publishing info?  There might be a 3rd ISBN for that combined issue there.

Date Posted: 7/26/2009 1:12 PM ET
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Hi - I just went through something similar -though it sounds a little different.  I would contact  Sherry she is the Data Coordinator Team Leader - her nick name is ( royaltech)

She helped me out and explained the process so it isn't a mystery. 

I did some research myself.  Go to the author's website to see if it is listed correctly - that is how Sherry was able to verify some of the information.  I would also search the book on various ISBN websites to see if you can find the ISBN for the dual stories.  I believe if there are alot of copies on the PBS database it is difficult to change.  I lucked out there were only 2 copies besides mine - so they were able to make the title and description change and I posted the correct cover...which I have to check to make sure it has gone through.  Good Luck



Date Posted: 7/26/2009 3:44 PM ET
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Does the combo book have a 3rd title? In order for the publisher to put a separate ISBN on the publication, they would have had to give it a title, different from either of the two individual books. And even it they had given it a separate name, they don't always give it its own ISBN.

If there is no 3rd ISBN on the book itself, you cannot assume any ISBN listed on any other site is correct. On other sites, users are allowed to input their information, and can assign an ISBN to their book, claiming it is the right one. Some of the sites may list this book with one or the other of the two ISBNs listed for the two stories, but that is incorrect and should not be done, since those ISBNs are for the stories, NOT the book.

Please take the time to list the book properly without an ISBN. It really isn't that hard. If you find the two individual stories by ISBN, and open them in a separate window from the posting page (click Post a Book without an ISBN) and you can copy/paste between the two windows and get the information quickly and easily without having to type it all out.

PBS will assign a 6-digit ISBN replacement for the book. To get your book to move quicker, be sure there is a description of both stories, that both stories are in the title, and that you have a cover (scanned by you, or found on the Internet)

Then go to each of the two stories in their own separate listings, and use the tag feature to point out that this story is also contained in the 2-in-1 book - ISBN ######    This will give your book an extra shot at being ordered, since the system really doesn't give you much to go on. I would list it as an entry in the genre forum if it has one that it fits in. For example, I had one that was a historical fiction novel and the H/F genre has a sticky for deals & promotions, etc, and I put a post in there on this book. It was quickly ordered from my shelf :)

If you have any other questions on this, please feel free to post them here or send me a PM. I have this topic on my watch list, and will check it periodically to see if others have other opinions or advice or questions.

Data Corrections Team Leader

Date Posted: 7/27/2009 1:03 AM ET
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Linda, Thanks!  I read the link you gave here.  That really WAS recent - guess I missed it.

Did you look on the page with all the publishing info?  There might be a 3rd ISBN for that combined issue there.  Yes, that is where I found the two separate numbers, but no combined number...darn!

Sherry,  Thank you - but ooooh, man that sounds like a lot of work!!!  OK - I'll just take it a little at a time.  The book does have it's own separate title from the two within it.  Maybe I should check the author's website and see what is there?  I feel this one would go quickly, b/c it is about vampires and the occult.  The title is The Secret Books of Paradys I & II, by Tanith Lee.  (BTW, her photo on the DJ = she looks like one of her characters...!) 

The books inside are:

The Book of the Damned  (ISBN 0879514086)  and  The Book of the Beast  (ISBN 0879514175). 

Anyone reading this post is welcome to to request it from me...!       Thanks again, Sherry!      :)    D.