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Subject: Posting incorrect...
Date Posted: 4/20/2009 4:30 PM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2009
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Hi, I was trying to add some Hardy Boys books to my bookshelf to get rid of.  The ISBN number pulls up the book, but shows it as being a paperback, all the books I am trying to put on my shelf are hardback.  There isn't the usual box under with different ISBN numbers for the same book letting me choose if it's hardback.  I tried editing the book, but that won't let me change it to hardback either.  What can I do so the book is posted accurately?

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 4:44 PM ET
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You'll have to post it as though it didn't have an isbn.  From the Help Center:

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.



Last Edited on: 4/20/09 4:45 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/20/2009 4:49 PM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2009
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Alright, thanks so much!

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 5:11 PM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2009
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I did find another one on the inside of the book, so if anyone reads and has the same problem, make sure you check where all the publications and stuff are.  LoL

Date Posted: 4/20/2009 6:05 PM ET
Member Since: 1/23/2006
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Thank you for being conscientious about this - most of the RWAP books I've received have been from people who just don't care enough to post properly, like you are doing - so thanks!

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 8:03 AM ET
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I just want to point out: if you are posting a book and the ISBN brings up a different binding and that little box comes up and says 'Is Your Book One of these other versions" you cannot just click on the one that has the matching binding.  The ISBN# has to match as well.  Sometimes publishers reuse ISBN's.  It's very common for a book to come out in one binding and then when the reissue it with another binding they just reuse the #.  I mentioned this because you said you didn't get that option-which makes me wonder if you had gotten that option if you would have ended up posting the book incorrectly.  Some people are very picky about which edition they get.