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Subject: Posting a book with an SBN not an isbn
Date Posted: 3/30/2009 4:26 PM ET
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I have a book which is wish listed in a publication in the ninties by four members. My book was published in 1965 with an sbn, not an isbn.   


If i post the book without an ISBN which i have done before, does the PBS system tell the people if they have so chose to receive 'book similar to the one on your wishlist' by title and author only?

 if the above is  not done,  Is there any way to PM the people who are on that wishlist on a first wish listed basis so they do not have to decline a wishlist request that wouldn't be correct? 

Then the folks who have it wish listed could just choose the book if they so want it. 


I think the anasthesia from my recent surgery has really clouded my brain, because it seems like i _should_ know the answer to this question.


Thanks, (teal) froglette

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Date Posted: 3/30/2009 4:37 PM ET
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I'm sorry, but I don't think that other members would get a "similar book has been posted" email because the system generated ISBN isn't linked to any other ISBN in the database, and the ISBNs need to be linked for that automated email to be sent.

What I recommend to others posting an alternate edition is to tag the regular book ISBN with a tag similar to "alternate edition-see ISBN XXXX" with your ISBN, and also to post about your book in the Book Bazaar, which often has a running thread about alternate editions/ISBNs.

You cannot post your book under the ISBN listed according to PBS guidelines; you'd have to post this book as a Book Without an ISBN.  I have just added a book to my bookshelf with the same conditions as yours, published in 1965 without ISBN, and there is a version with ISBN in the system.  I'll be tagging the regular ISBN version with my system generated ISBN...

Last Edited on: 3/30/09 4:40 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/31/2009 3:45 PM ET
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When SBNs (ISBNs) first came out, they only had 9 digits.  Sometimes, if you just add a 0 to the front of the number, the proper edition pops up.