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Rick B. (bup) - ,
Subject: Stupid "Kitchen God's Wife" edition with no ISBN findable
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 12:11 PM ET
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't every book since about 1973 have an ISBN?

I have a hardcopy Kitchen God's Wife that has no ISBN printed anywhere in the book or on the jacket. I'm confident other people have run into this because I see other Kitchen God's Wife copies posted without ISBN that match - hardcopy, 369 pages. I'd prefer not to post without ISBN because then I can get an image uploaded, and my perception is that ISBN'd books go faster. Plus, it's just bugging me that a 1991 book doesn't have it.

Anyone know what the ISBN is for this edition, even though it's not in the book, or know how to find out (it's not ISBN-13: 9780399135781 - ISBN-10: 0399135782 - wrong number of pages)?

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 12:20 PM ET
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I'm betting that you have a book club edition of the book.  Sometimes those are printed without the ISBN on the book.  If I understand the rules correctly, those should be listed like any other non-ISBN book, but hopefully someone who can find that spot in the rules will come along shortly and tell you whether that part is correct, or whether I'm just hallucinating.  I am terrible at being able to navigate the help screens, for some reason.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 2:41 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/31/2008 3:25 PM ET
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Sometimes the ISBN is posted on one of the publishing info pages.  You might want to check there.  I've had a couple older books and that's where the ISBN was posted instead of on the back cover.



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Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 4:07 PM ET
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Thanks for the responses. Just out of curiosity, though - it must *have* an ISBN, right? I understand club rules don't allow me to use it, but mustn't it *have* one?

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Date Posted: 8/31/2008 4:37 PM ET
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There is no law requiring books to have ISBNs.  Publishers generally do get ISBNs for their books as ISBNs do make it much easier to catalog and distribute the books.  But is is a voluntary system (except, apparently, in China - see the wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Standard_Book_Number )

 

 

 

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 5:44 PM ET
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It isnt an ARC is it? If it is an Advance Reader Copy, it may not have one. I have received a few from a publisher that didnt have one.

Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 5:48 PM ET
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There seems to be a lot of gray area with ISBN's, especially with earlier ones.  I own numerous '70's paperbacks showing ISBN's without enough numbers, and none of the older DAW books I'm collecting have them listed in the publisher's info.  I don't think the 10-digit  ISBN's were standard until the '80s.



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Date Posted: 8/31/2008 8:11 PM ET
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And sometimes I think besides the difference in the paper and binding, another way book clubs save, is by not spending the money for an ISBN for their editions. It is totally voluntary, and does cost a couple hundred dollars, so not all BCEs will have one. Nor will some older editions even after 1973 that are not BCEs.

Date Posted: 9/1/2008 9:57 PM ET
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