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Subject: Unlisted ISBN
Date Posted: 11/22/2010 1:09 AM ET
Member Since: 7/2/2010
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I was trying to add a book to my TBR pile that will eventually get posted, however the system states that it is not in the database.  It tells me that it is a valid ISBN though.  The book is wishlisted under other ISBN's.  I'm  hoping to have it finished sometime soon and get it posted to the next person interested. What do I do?

Date Posted: 11/22/2010 2:01 AM ET
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You can try doing a search for the ISBN.  That will trigger the data base to look for info on that ISBN next time it does an update.  Check back in a few days and see if it's there.


Here's what the help center says:

If you have a book you want to Post or want to add to your Wish List and you can't find it in the database, you should:

Search for the book by ISBN

  • put the ISBN into the Search space at the top of the site and click Search.

  • If you are searching Posted Books and you get no results, make sure to widen your search to All Books and try it again.

You can get the ISBN by doing an internet (eg, Google) search for the book and finding the ISBN on another archive (eg, the publisher's site).

If this does not work to bring the listing for the book up, then that means the item can't be added manually at this time. Items are added routinely and automatically by our database provider.  We do not add them manually ourselves - if you can't add the item by searching for the ISBN, the item can't be added manually by anyone at this time.


  • To post the item if you have not been able to add it to the database, use the Post a Book without an ISBN link on the Post Books page to create a listing that matches the book
  • To Wish List the item: this can't be done until there is an ISBN listing in the database for the book.