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Subject: Same ISBN different publication year?
Date Posted: 2/5/2010 9:58 PM ET
Member Since: 3/28/2009
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Hi guys

I ordered a book on here for a literature class. The only edition of this book in the system is the same one that amazon has. I figured since it had the same isbn and picture as the one amazon listed, that it was the only edition available. However, once I got my book in the mail, I see it has a different cover and publication year though the same ISBN. I guess that means it is a reissue right? It's an old 60's Avon print and the one I thought I was getting was a 1999 edition. They are both from Avon and the same ISBN but shouldn't they have different ISBNs being printed almost 40 years apart? I wouldn't have got the textbook on here had I known it was going to be a musty grody looking book- but I know it's not the person who sent it's fault.

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 2/5/2010 10:04 PM ET
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ISBN's didn't exist in the 60's. There must be a newer copyright or printing notice that you didn't see.

Nevertheless, if it's literally musty and grody, that's not postable. Mark it RWAP.

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 10:10 PM ET
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Does the ISBN match?  Sometimes people post books incorrectly.  If the ISBN doesn't match, mark it RWAP.

Is the book grody=stained/damaged or just grody=old?  If it's old, it's postable, but it it's stained or excessively worn or damged, it's unpostable and should be marked RWAP.

 

When a book is posted, it must match ISBN, title, author and binding type.  The cover image and year of publication don't have to match.



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Date Posted: 2/5/2010 10:24 PM ET
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ISBNs are funny like that.  For some titles the same ISBN is used over and over again, and for others a new number is generated for each edition.  I agree, however, that ISBNs weren't in use prior to around 1970, so the edition is probably newer than you think.  So long as the ISBN inside your edition matches the listing you ordered, then that aspect of the swap was fine.  Musty and grody, however, are totally different matters.  As NewRuth says, if there are stains and damaged then the book shouldn't have been posted; if the book has simply been through the years, then it's just an apparent disappointment that it's not a newer copy.

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 10:44 PM ET
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Thanks for the helpful replies. I don't know what to say about the ISBN issue...I checked again and it says the introduction is published in 1965 and the text is a reissue from 1955. There is no newer date anywhere. And the back bottom has a bar code and says "ISBN ----------" (the number). So ISBNs had to be on some books at least in the 60s. The book is not damaged- the pages are just really discolored- dark yellow- and the pages have a musty smell from age.

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 2/6/2010 9:24 AM ET
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Well, whatever the age, if the ISBN matches, and the binding matches, they sent you the 'right' book (from PBS' standpoint). If it's not stained or moldy - if the smell is just 'age' and not something worse, it's postable.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 1:50 PM ET
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I think the dates you are looking at are the copyright dates whch don't neccesarily correlate with publication.  If it has an ISBN number, your book is from the 70s at the earliest.  Otherwise, I agree with everybody else.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 1:58 PM ET
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Some books, like Avon's or book clubs', don't necessarily include the date of that particular copy's publication.  Even ignoring the fact that ISBNs weren't instituted until about 1970, I'm fairly certain barcodes weren't used back in the 60's.  That's completely beside the point, though.  Ultimately, Rick's last post is to the point.  If it hits those four criteria (title, author, isbn and binding) and it's not actually dirty, it's a valid swap.

Yellowing is just a natural part of the aging process for the paper used in books, and the smell is something books just pick up depending on their environment.  Eventually the smell will sort of "wear off".  Sometimes I'm actually disappointed to lose some book smells, though musty isn't necessarily one of them (unless what you call musty, I call old book smell).  There's a thread here in the Questions forum with some great advice on how to rid books of unwanted smells.  If it bothers you too much, you might want to look into some of those options. 



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