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Subject: Still a Question regarding editing book type
Date Posted: 3/1/2009 12:28 PM ET
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Some books come up as "Unknown Binding" or "Other" when posting by ISBN #

If the title, author, and ISBN number matches, and I'm holding a paperback, is there a way to edit the book type?  I do not see anything to address this on the Edit Book Data page.

Thanks in advance for any info!!!

Last Edited on: 3/2/09 4:55 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/1/2009 12:52 PM ET
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I get the impression PBS discourages these requests, under the theory that ISBN's are sometimes re-used for different editions? I've tagged other/unknown books as "paperback".

I've run into the problem of books being categorized for children ("Ages 3 - 8" etc.), that would stump even the most precocious 8 year old, obviously adult books. PBS has corrected those when I've requested it.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 1:41 PM ET
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When the binding type does not match, that is when you list it as if it does not have an ISBN and it is assigned a unique number.

Noting in the review section or with a tag that it is a different kind of binding is not appropriate because sometimes ISBNs are assigned the same number to both hardbacks and paperbacks and that tag can be misleading if a person is trying to request the binding type that it is listed at. I have had to do this in a number of cases and those books still get requested.

It takes just a few moments longer to list a book under a unique number and by doing so you are avoiding having someone request your book and then marking it RWAP because yours does not match the binding type.

Plus it is in the rules that if your binding type does not match then you must not list it under that ISBN. And no, they won't change the binding type because some of the books under that ISBN are bound in the method opposite to what you have, if you understand me.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 2:05 PM ET
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Sally, this simply cannot be applied when the binding is  "Unknown Binding" or "Other".

That only makes sense when the binding is specifically listed as hardback, paperback, or audio.

Date Posted: 3/1/2009 4:21 PM ET
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That is what has me puzzled.    How does a book listing originally enter the system as "Unknown Binding" or "Other"??? 

Seems there should be a way to correct it, and remove the mystery!!!!

John, I too have seen some strange categorizing....... that can be rectified by using the Edit Book Data link.  

Sally, I guess that is what prompted my search for some info,  'cause when I'm posting a book and the author, title, and ISBN # match.......if it says it is an "Unknown" or "Other"........either Everything or Nothing matches!!!!  lol 

Last Edited on: 3/1/09 4:25 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 4:55 PM ET
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Still wondering how "Unknown" came about as a book type......

I've read all the Help Doc. and understand why editing book type is not available on the Edit Data Page.  All references there are re: hardback and paperback, which leaves the Unknown Binding issue unresolved.  It suggests using feedback.....

On the other hand, it takes away any RWAP issues.....if you order an "unknown".....kind of hard to claim a book type problem!!!!

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:25 PM ET
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There are "school book" bindings.  Could this be that sort of "unknown"?


Date Posted: 3/2/2009 6:41 PM ET
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I have some books with spiral bindings, for example. These are real books with ISBNs, from real publishing companies. (For example, one of them is a 300 page dog grooming guide, spiral bound so you can open it and work from it). I don't know what binding they would get listed as if I tried to list them (haven't tried to list them). But, example of real book that could be both non-hardback and non-paperback binding.

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 7:19 PM ET
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Okay, these examples take care of the "other" designation, but what about the "unknown"?  I'm had this question myself and wondered if "unknown" would be an exception to the rule about not changing book formats.