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Subject: Is there a way to ask the person with the book if the database seems wrong?
Date Posted: 6/30/2010 3:31 PM ET
Member Since: 6/16/2010
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I'm looking for a book for my dad titled Brendan's Leather Book (it's a book about leather working).  But if you do a search on that title, something completely different comes up.

Is there a way to find out if the isbn is for the book I want and the person has the book I need or if it's the romance looking book in the picture, in which case I don't want it?

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 3:41 PM ET
Member Since: 3/7/2009
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I think this is the book you're looking for, which doesn't show a cover and there aren't any copies currently available.  I searched for "All books" here with the title, then put the ISBN on Amazon to confirm.

Last Edited on: 6/30/10 3:43 PM ET - Total times edited: 4
Date Posted: 6/30/2010 3:42 PM ET
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When I searched for Brendan's Leather Book I was able to find several books, the one that I *think* you are looking for is not here in PBS.  The book that is coming up for you is probably not the book you want.  When you search for the book change the parameters to include all books not just posted books and you'll see what I mean.

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 3:52 PM ET
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Cindi - When members post a book, they must ensure that it matches in 4 ways:

  • Title
  • Author
  • ISBN
  • Book Type (hardcover or paperback)

So if you see that the title of the book you got in the search doesn't match the title of the book you're looking for, then it's not the book you want.

If the book you want doesn't come up, you must click Don't see the book you are looking for? in the results page. By default, the search only shows posted books so it may be that the book you want is wish listed and it will show up once you click that link.

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 3:59 PM ET
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It sounds like you aren't search ALL Books but just Posted Books.  I always use All books because even WL will skip ones that aren't posted but currently have no wishers.

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 4:07 PM ET
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When I do a general search for books posted I get:


The Deer's Cry by Patricia Keenealy-Morrison.   This book is so far off what I am looking for, I'm trying to figure out how it comes up?


I see what you mean by asking for all books, rather than just those posted.  But how do I get the Deer's Cry when I ask for Brendan's Leather Book?

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 4:18 PM ET
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Because the description has the words you searched for in it.

For many centuries, an age of magic and peace has flourished in Ireland for the faerie race known as the Danaans. But an invader has now come to those shores who will conquer more fatally than any army, driving the Old Ways from the land forever. His name is P?aic--and he will be the worst thing that ever happened to Ireland...

In the Earth year 453 by the Common Reckoning, a small fleet of ships left Ireland, carrying emigrants seeking a new home in a far land. But he seas they crossed were not the wild Western Ocean, nor were the ships they sailed the leather-hulled boats of later legend.

Those ships were starships; the oceans the dark starry gulfs of space itself. The new world they sought was a distant double-ringed planet, and though this great heroic voyage was indeed led by a man called Brendan, he was no Christian navigator-monk but the son of a mortal lord and a princess of the Sidhe. And when magic began to die in Ireland, he took the best of Celtdom to the stars.

In The Deer's Cry, eight book of her Keltiad series, Patricia Kennealy-Morrison takes us back to the distant days when Keltia was not yet, and weaves the tale of how it came to be...

Date Posted: 7/1/2010 12:40 AM ET
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Yes, it's just an oddity of the search engine. Try using the title search field to narrow it down, instead of the default keyword search.