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Subject: Is there a way to change this?
Date Posted: 4/15/2009 1:40 AM ET
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I have a book on my wishlist, The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory. When I went on Amazon to add the ISBN of the paperback version to my wishlist, I found they were ISBN-13: 9781416549147 - ISBN-10: 1416549145. But, these ISBNs on PBS are listed as being hardcover, even though if you click the 'Buy from Amazon' button on the book's PBS page, the paperback pops up. So, is there a way to change it prior to the paperback release, or will anyone who gets a copy of the book need to list it as a non-ISBN item? I know books are sometimes released with the same ISBN in both versions, but Amazon has a seperate ISBN listed for the hardcover. It seems strange, so I thought I'd mention it, since the binding and the publisher are both different than the Amazon listing.

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 1:47 AM ET
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I would say that they would not change it. With over 100 people wishing for it with it listed as a HC it would be unfair to them to change the listing on them. The system also says the book has been posted so it appears, assuming the posters followed the rules, that there are HCs out there with that ISBN on them. Unless it is completely wrong, first binding in the system gets the ISBN.

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 2:00 AM ET
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Oh, okay then. Well, that's really gonna suck with a book that popular, for everyone to have to do a individual non-ISBN listing.

Thanks for the help though. I just wasn't sure.



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Date Posted: 4/15/2009 2:19 AM ET
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You could always contact a Data Editor (Patty in Live Help right now has a BDC badge) and ask about it. I just know that binding is one thing that is very hard to get changed and could you imagine the confusion of the wishers when they get a paperback and swear they wished for a HC?

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 2:47 AM ET
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Oh, yeah, I guess that would be pretty upsetting. Well, I now have both hardcover PBS listings on my WL, so I'm sure I'll get it eventually anyway.

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 8:28 AM ET
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Publishers frequently reuse ISBN#'s.  They are allowed to do that but it makes it a pain for PBS. 

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 9:17 AM ET
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They don't change as far as I can tell. 

I have a book that has the binding type "Board Book".  Um...NO, it's not, but I just tossed it in the "not listable" pile because there is no way to change it.  I was very excited when Edit Book Data first came out, then discovered the one thing I most wanted to be able to edit wasn't available.

I really wish, if it could be proven the ISBN is on multiple bindings they would change the binding to "Unknown".  It's a valid binding type in the databbase.  Send out an email to all wishers notifying them they are doing it so no one gets caught.

It's really frustrating to have a book with an ISBN and not be able to post it because the database decrees one is Right and one is Wrong.

Date Posted: 4/15/2009 9:20 PM ET
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but, Kayote it doesn't really make it unlistable....it can be listed as though it does not have one and then tag the other one (the one with the ISBN listing) with your 5 digit #...I've moved many books that way and rather quickly I might add.

Date Posted: 4/16/2009 6:34 PM ET
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I do the same thing as you do, Christy, but I've started adding a second tag that pulls up all the books I've done that to, so that I remember to remove the tag from the ones that do move hahahaha! But, like you, I've moved a lot of non-ISBN books by tag linking them to the ISBN copy in the system.

It's just too bad that whomever put it in in the first place, didn't pay attention and put the correct binding in before the hit submit :(