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Subject: Can I post Grolier book club books without an isbn?
Date Posted: 2/7/2010 6:28 PM ET
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Can I post Grolier book club books without an isbn?



Date Posted: 2/7/2010 6:45 PM ET
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You will just need to post the book without the ISBN.

This is from the help documents on how to do that.

How do I post a book without an ISBN?

When do you need to Post a book using the Post Books Without an ISBN feature?

  • When your book has no ISBN
  • When your book's ISBN is unknown to the PBS database (has not yet been added by regular updates)
  • When your book's ISBN "brings up" another booktype in the database
    • Such as the paperback if you have the hardcover, and vice versa
    • Such as Large Print when you have the regular-font version
    • This happens when the publisher assigns the same ISBN to multiple booktypes).

If your book does not match the listing information (title, author, booktype) in the database for the ISBN on the book, it must be Posted without an ISBN

To post your book without an ISBN:

  • First, make sure to look over your book really well
    • Sometimes ISBN numbers can be found in unexpected places like the spine
    • The back of the book and in the publishing information in the front of the book are the most common places to find an ISBN.
  • If your book has no ISBN (or the ISBN you have doesn't work in the system):
    • Go to the Post Books page
      • From My Account: click the Post Books tab
      • From anywhere on the site: place your cursor over My Account on the toolbar at the top of the site and click Post Books in the menu that drops down.
      • From your Bookshelf, click the link "Post Books" at the top of the page, in the yellow bar.
    • On the Post Books page:
      • Click the "Post a Book without an ISBN" link at the top of the page, in the yellow bar.
      • Enter the information about the book in the form that comes up:
        • Mandatory information includes: title, author, book dimensions, Subject (genre), booktype
        • Optional information includes: Large Print, Homeschool, Publisher, # pages, Back cover Description (synopsis of the book content), Book Cover image.
        • Your Book Cover Image needs to be less than 5 MB in size, and in .jpg format.

When you are done, your book will be listed in the database with a customized listing that has a "short ISBN" or "PBS ISBN", which is the 5 or 6 digit number that PBS assigns in place of the ISBN to keep track of the book in the system.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 7:06 PM ET
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Check the copyright page.  Sometimes the ISBN is listed there but not on the cover.

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 7:32 PM ET
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Most book club editions don't have an ISBN, as far as my experience therewith is concerned.  If your concern is letting people know it's a book club edition, the non-ISBN listing isn't meant to be used again, and so I believe it might be acceptable to include that information in the description.  As I said in a simiilar respons elsewhere, I'm not 100% certain about that, but if someone else knows better they'll more than likely correct me.

Date Posted: 2/8/2010 12:42 AM ET
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At least one book club uses the same typesetting, just smaller size and thinner paper.  They do not list the price or ISBN on the cover.  But they do use the same copyright page.

Isn't Grolier the book club owned by Scholastic?