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Subject: School Library Binding
Date Posted: 7/1/2009 1:05 AM ET
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Hi! I posted some hardcover books, but the database thinks they are school library bindings. What is the exact definition of a school library binding? If my hardcover books do not fall into the school library binding category, should I "unpost" them? I feel weird about posting a book that does not fit its true description. Thanks for any help! :-)

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 3:28 AM ET
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I feel weird about posting a book that does not fit its true description.

Charmaine, books that you post MUST match 4 items (Title, Author, Binding, and ISBN). All of the other items (cover picture, number of pages, publisher, publish date, etc) do not need to match. So, as long as you are posting books that match to those 4 items, you do not need to feel weird at all!

As to School Library Binding, I believe that that can be either hardback or paperback. If they are paperback, usually they are sturdier than regular paperbacks.

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 3:37 AM ET
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School library binding is one of those strange catagories.  It refers to books that have extra strong covers that are sold to libraries.  And there is a company (Sagebrush?) that takes reqular books and makes them into hardcovers.  So sometimes it is very sturdy hard covers with sewn bindings rather than glued.  And sometimes it is paperbacks with thick vinyl covers.   Kinda vague.  But you can tell the difference if you have the commerical version and the library binding in your hand. 

You have the option of posting the book without the ISBN number if the binding is different. 

Date Posted: 7/1/2009 7:26 PM ET
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I know Follett does two different styles of library binding in the case of manga -the normal manga with a hard cover (sometimes the original cover seems like it was glued into the hardcover), and "bookguard" which is a thick plastic lamination method on the original cover.

 

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 12:18 PM ET
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Thanks for your help, everyone! The problem is that the certain books that I have posted (Great Illustrated Classics) seem like commercial hardcover copies - they were bought at a bargain book store, but most of them don't have ISBN numbers, and some of them that do have ISBN numbers are being recognized as school library bindings by the PBS system. I'm wondering what I should do about this, because I don't want to post incorrect information. Should I just post the books manually without the ISBN number?

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 12:53 PM ET
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You can post by the ISBN. Someone who is ordering a "School Library Binding" should be aware that it might be either hardback or paperback.

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 1:46 PM ET
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I put a tag on my books that are either "unknown binding" or the binding is listed differently.  It shows up pretty clearly on your pubic bookshelf that way.  If you go to my bookshelf and search for Treasure Island for instance you can see one. 

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 2:03 PM ET
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Actually, lots of people have tags turned off and will never see them - also when you tag a book it will be displayed on the main book page, not just for your individual copy. 

Most people order through FIFO and expect the binding listed (and are perefctly within their rights to mark a book RWAP if they receive a different binding).  If your book has a different binding than the one listed in the book info, you must enter the book seperately, as if it does not have an isbn.

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 2:20 PM ET
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Hmmm... I suppose if any of my Great Illustrated Classics books with the library binding label get requested, I will notify the requestor that they are hardback books. However, those books really don't seem like library bindings... is it a violation of the rules if I list them as library bindings when they should be listed as hardcovers? If so, I'll change the labels ASAP.

Date Posted: 7/4/2009 2:39 PM ET
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I have a suspicion that your books likely are library bindings, but it's really difficult to tell without being able to compare.  I think you are okay with them as they are IMO.  I agree with what Sara said above: 

You can post by the ISBN. Someone who is ordering a "School Library Binding" should be aware that it might be either hardback or paperback.

Date Posted: 7/5/2009 3:18 PM ET
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Thanks very much, Caviglia! I will leave the books the way that they were posted. I'm pretty new to Paperbackswap, so I still need to ask for help with some things. Thanks everyone for your input! :-)