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Subject: Same ISBN but different SIZE hardcover book?
Date Posted: 8/22/2009 5:25 PM ET
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I've come across a book (J.D. Robb's Innocent in Death -- hardcover) with the ISBN 978-0-399-15401-0 where the book comes in 2 sizes.  I have 2 copies (DUH me wasn't watching my shelf!), one is normal size for a hardcover and the other one is smaller.  I checked Amazon and a couple of other sites and they list it twice -- once as usual and then again as "bargain price".  Yet, they are the EXACT same ISBN.  The regular hardcover listing shows it as a 1st edition.  Nothing is noted on the smaller one.

Any ideas?  Why use the same ISBN but make the book in different sizes? lol  Which one would be the true 1st edition?  Or are both 1st editions since the publication date is the same?



Date Posted: 8/22/2009 5:30 PM ET
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You should post only the one that matches the PBS description.  I would remove the other it sounds like the publisher reused the ISBN.

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 5:40 PM ET
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The only things that have to match the listing are the BINDING (paperback or hardcover), the title, author, and ISBN. (And, if the listing says Large Print, the book should be large print.)

Both books are postable to that ISBN.

The only thing I would do is maybe take a peek at the cover or inside and make sure one is not abridged. If they are both full versions of the book, though, you can post them both.

Of course, PBS will only let you post one copy at a time of the same ISBN ...

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 5:52 PM ET
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The smaller size could be a Book Club Edition (BCE). Check the inside flap of the dust cover. The larger sized book should have a price. The smaller book, if it is a BCE, will not have a price.

As Sara said, as long as the title, ISBN and author match, they can both be listed under the same ISBN.

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 6:07 PM ET
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You could also tag the book with "ISBN also applies to Hardcover Book Club Edition".  If someone is concerned about BCE's then they should have an RC against one. But the tag at least might inspire someone who'd be bothered by it to add an RC to ask for no BCE's. 

But other than that I wouldn't worry about.  Like the others said: only Author, Title, Binding and ISBN have to match. I doubt that many people pay attention to the book dimensions anyway unless they are trying to find tradesize paperbacks.

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 6:33 PM ET
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Since nothing is noted on the smaller book, it is obviously not a 1st edition, wouldn't even think it was to me.

The data is not different. One just has smaller print or more pgs than the other. They are both the same, one is just a cheaper print than the other. Publishers re-use ISBNs all the time, nothing uncommon about it at all. You not only find different sizes of the same binding, you will find different bindings with the same ISBN. Hope that helps.