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Subject: Same ISBN, different number of pages...same book?
Date Posted: 8/1/2016 11:35 PM ET
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Can you refresh my memory?  It's been a long time since I've posted books.  I have already come across two books like this.  The ISBN is the same, the publisher is the same, they are both paperbacks.  The number of pages is different though.  In example #1, PBS has 144 pages, but my copy has 166.  Is it considered the same book?

I don't see anything different about the entry on PBS and the book I am trying to post.  (No book club question section or special edition or anything like that)


Date Posted: 8/2/2016 12:31 AM ET
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The page count is often wrong. I've honestly never looked at it (except for reading challenges/games involving book length).

When posting, these are criteria that absolutely have to match:

" Do the Title, Author, ISBN and Book Type match your book EXACTLY? "

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 1:08 AM ET
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Yes, you can safely ignote page count.

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 4:20 AM ET
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Where a problem can occur is when a hardcover and paperback have the same ISBN. That happened to me once, I didn't realize it and sent a member a paperback when a hardcover was reqested.  I was out one credit. I recently obtained another paperback, outside PBS, which also has the same ISBN as the hardcover.

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 7:24 AM ET
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try searching the isbn on your book on the amazon site and see what the page count there is.

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 8:03 AM ET
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Ignore the page count...title, author, ISBN and book type are the elements that matter.

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 2:45 PM ET
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Oh, good!  Like I said, it's been awhile since I've posted books.  The first 3 had different page counts.

Thomas, that happened to me once.  I had the paperback and didn't realize the ISBN was same for the hardback.  I didn't catch the fact when I posted it.  I realized it before I sent the book off.  I contacted the person and they really did want the hardback. 

Date Posted: 8/2/2016 7:49 PM ET
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Page count and weight also vary from trade paperback, regular paperback and mass market paperback - all 3 of these CAN carry the same ISBN and can be posted to the same listing.  That's  a good reason to have a weight scale so you don't use more, or less postage than you need.