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Topic: Posted ISBN of paperback, it came up audio cassette!

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Subject: Posted ISBN of paperback, it came up audio cassette!
Date Posted: 1/27/2015 12:30 PM ET
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This is just out of curiosity, as the person and I worked it out, but it's never happened to me before. I posted a book to my bookshelf, copying exactly the ISBN on the back of the book, someone requested it, I sent it, and got a notification back that it was they had ordered an audio book!  I've never even seen an audio book in real life and have nothing but paperbacks, so I went to my Transaction Archive, and sure enough, it was listed there as an audio book.  I'm mystified...admittedly I didn't check real carefully to be sure everything was correct, when I typed in the ISBN and the right title/cover came up, I just clicked "post", assuming it was correct.  Needless to say I will check more carefully in future, but my question is, how could I type exactly the ISBN on the back of a paperback book, and having it come up listed as an audio cassette?  That's weird!

Date Posted: 1/27/2015 2:42 PM ET
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This would be due to the publisher. They have to pay for each ISBN. Some publisher's reuse the numbers.

Date Posted: 1/27/2015 9:45 PM ET
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I had an older paperback. I had ordered it, it was posted as a paperback. I received it and when I was done posted it. Then one day I noticed the listing had changed to an audio cassette.

Date Posted: 1/28/2015 9:25 AM ET
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PBS has a policy to be very difficult about changing the binding. A member basically has to prove that the book was never issued in the other formats. 

Date Posted: 1/28/2015 8:24 PM ET
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When I am posting a book by ISBN and notice that the binding type does not match I back out of the posting process and then Post it Without an ISBN. I then include the ISBN in the book description section to indicate that the book has an ISBN but could not be posted using it.

Date Posted: 1/31/2015 6:50 AM ET
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The help doc that applies would be "When I enter the ISBN on my paperback, the listing shows a hardcover!"