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Subject: Picked up a bunch of Georgette Heyer books but the ISBNs aren't in system
Date Posted: 11/19/2008 3:25 PM ET
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I found a bunch of Georgette Heyer books at my UBS today in very good condition, some without ISBNs (and I can take care of those), but others with ISBNs but the ISBNs aren't in the system.  I can't post them as not having ISBNs as they do, but they can't be processed into the system with the ISBNs they have.  They are all WLd books, but not with the ISBNs I have.  Anyone have any suggestions as to how to get them into the system?  Thanks.  Pat

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 3:38 PM ET
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List them in the Book Bazaar with the ISBN's they do have. When people respond, you can post directly to their wish lists. Believe me, they will get snatched up quickly!

The only other thing you can do is list them manually if the ISBNs aren't in the system. That happens rather frequently with older books.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 4:08 PM ET
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You can still list a book with an ISBN on it with a PBS issues ISBN. Publishers frequently reuse ISBN's.  Sometimes for dif bindings of the same book, sometimes for a completely different book. 

Also are you looking under all books and not just posted books or WL books? 

I would post the ones you had w/o an ISBN if they truly aren't in the system. Then I'd tag the WL versions with "posted under ISBN #xxxx".  I'd also put a thread in the bazaar.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 11/19/2008 4:23 PM ET
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I wonder if you might have books with British ISBNs. Those will not be in the PBS database, but if you type them on the Post a Book page, you should get the page that asks for details. It looks just like the non-ISBN page, but it uses the actual ISBN you entered instead of making up a shorter number.

You might also have books with 9-digit SBNs instead of 10-digit ISBNs. You can convert from SBN to ISBN by prefixing the SBN with a 0.

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 5:23 PM ET
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One of the books is a Brit published one.  The others have an ISBN that starts with 425 - I tried adding a ")" and then '978' in front of the ISBN they gave, but still no luck.  I'll try the suggestions above.  Thanks.  Pat

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 6:15 PM ET
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 Before you post them I'd check to make sure none of them are rare copies. Some Georgette Heyer books can go for a pretty penny especially if they are not  mass market paperback copies. You might be sitting on a little gold mine :-)

Date Posted: 11/19/2008 9:04 PM ET
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wouldn't have any idea how to check them out and even if they were worth a small fortune don't know who I could sell them to..  LOL.  Pat

Date Posted: 11/20/2008 1:16 AM ET
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Post em! She's a great writer. I check click on the writer's name every now & then to see if an older book has been posted.

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 10:30 AM ET
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I would plug them in with all of their information to the "Advanced Search" section of ABEBooks.com.  They will tell you worldwide availability of books and prices that they are selling for.  I used that a lot when I was selling books on EBAY. 

A few books with ISBN#'s starting with a "4" that I have seen were published in France----doesn't sound likely with these, though.

 

Winston



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Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 11/21/2008 11:13 AM ET
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That's interesting. According to this page: http://www.isbn-international.org/converter/ranges.htm , 4 should be for Japan. ISBNs for books from France should start with 2. Also, 25 is not a valid publisher number for a Japanese ISBN, the publisher number would have to be 3 digits long if it starts with a 2, so the ISBN would probably be written 4-25x-xxxxx-y.

It sounds like these may not be ISBNs at all. Maybe they are some other identifier used by that publisher. Also, most (maybe all?) of Heyer's books were originally published before ISBNs were implemented, so if you do have the older ones, they won't have ISBNs.

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 2:45 PM ET
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The 425 # is listed as the ISBN.  I did find one that added a "0" in front of the 425 and found it here, but not the others.  I finally posted those I still have and then used a 'TAG" identifying the 425 ISBN.  Pat

Date Posted: 11/21/2008 11:22 PM ET
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you might also tag them with the other ISBN that is listed in the system so that people looking up the author or title will know it