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Subject: posting non isbn books to rl
Date Posted: 8/25/2010 8:38 PM ET
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I have the following book- it doesn't have an isbn-  there are already 3 seperate copies listed under wl books and none with that title are posted in the system.

NO2 The 21-Day Transformation The New Science of Bodybuilding
Author: Edward A. Byrd

Since 3 people are wishing for it, I wanted to first post in the multiple wl thread to try to save on postage... so I didn't want to post it fifo, but rather to my rl so that it could be assigned a pbs isbn...  how do I do this?

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 8:41 PM ET
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 Adrienne I swear I am not stalking you, I found this in 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.

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 8:42 PM ET
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Somebody correct me if I'm wrong here, but I don't think it counts as a WL book unless it is wishlisted by ISBN regardless of the title.

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 8:48 PM ET
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You are correct caviglia. No alternate versions should be listed in the Book Bazaar Multiples thread (no books with less than one wisher on that specific ISBN should be listed). The threads in the Genre Forums have no such distinction though.

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 8:52 PM ET
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I read that Kathy, but it doesn't address what I want to do.  If I just go ahead and post it without an isbn so that it is assigned one by pbs, won't it go fifo....and go to someone who wants that title...or will the unique isbn prevent that from happening...           I just want to add it to my rl list right now.

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 9:18 PM ET
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The only way to add a book to be assigned a short ISBN is to post the book through the process Kathy highlighted. You can then add it to your RL and delete it from your bookshelf. It won't be offered to anyone with a different ISBN wish listed, but to be safe from orders your could put your shelf on Vacation Hold while you do it.

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 9:22 PM ET
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Thanks for the help!  That's what I thought...