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I just inherited nearly 800 books. A lot of them have no ISBN.
I go through the process of posting without an ISBN - no problem.
Of course that means they show on the bookshelf as "No cover available".
Also, many of these books are wishlisted so how would another member know they are in the
Pamela, if you can scan your book's cover (or find a scanned image online) you can post a jpg image by clicking on the "upload" button under the blue "no cover available" box on the listing. Or you can upload your image at the time you create the listing. FYI, images must be in jpg format and should follow these guidelines:
Have the extra space around the image (usually white on the sides) cropped off.
It's usually worth looking on this site for a good image. Do a title/author search, and if you find an image you like, go to the book's info page then click on the image to bring up the largest version of the image.
If the "upload" button is missing, or if you are uploading several images at once:
When you post a book without an ISBN, an email is not sent out to wishers of other versions telling them that your book has been posted. Some members may be searching for the title/author regularly, but if your book isn't requested right away, you can put a tag on the wishlisted editions saying something like "See also ISBN xxxxxx".
Also, from the Help Center:
If your book does not have an ISBN but its title/author is the same as one on the Club Wish List:
When you post a book without an ISBN, unfortunately, it doesn't link with books with an ISBN. What you can do on the WLed books is after listing you can go to the WLed book's details page and add a tag saying "Listed under XXXX (inserting your non-ISBN)". It would take some time, with no immediate results but it would alert people looking at the book's page that there is one available.
You also could create a thread in the Book Bazaar, letting people know that you have just listed a slew of WLed books with a short ISBN. I would list those books, with author, in the thread.
Just realized I have repeated Patty's advice....duh...
Thank you for the responses.
I'll try the Book Bazaar route when I get an extra hour or so.
I inherited these books from my sister-in-law who died last month. Getting an extra hour or so is a blessing.
We're dealing with Probate in another state and so far there is NOTHING easy about it.
Thanks again, Pam
Another tip when you are posting these is that if the author on your entry has initials in their name, be sure to format them correctly. When you post an author with initials, post them initial period space initial period space. So C. A. and not C.A. and not C A either. In the case of these three books, only one shows up when you click on the author name because they were not formatted the right way.
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