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Subject: Weird RC
Date Posted: 3/12/2010 6:13 PM ET
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I just got a request from a member whose RC says she only wants books published within the last three years. The thing is, the book she requested was published in 1909, and says so. I rejected the request, since 1909 was obviously more than three years ago, but I'm still scratching my head over the RC. Has anyone else gotten similarly strange RCs?

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 7:03 PM ET
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You did the right thing, Erica. :)

If she wants to make sure she gets books published during a certain time, she should make sure the books she requests/puts on her wishlist meet those parameters. Pub date is part of the book listing so that shouldn't be too much trouble to verify.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 7:05 PM ET
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Was your edition actually issued in 1909 or was the story just originally published in 1909?  My guess would be that they only want recent issues of books although they should have worded it better.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 7:32 PM ET
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It was actually published in 1909 (and written a few decades earlier than that). It was so old it didn't have a publication date in it, but I looked it up on the Internet and found that it was published about 1909.

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 10:36 PM ET
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Then you would have to post it without an ISBN, which makes it odd that they would order it when they have that RC.  ISBN's didn't come into play until the late 80's and weren't used by all publishers until some time in the 90's.  Maybe they forgot to turn the RCS off. 

Date Posted: 3/12/2010 11:35 PM ET
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I've been entering a bunch of books in a school library database.  None of the books from the 1940's - 1960's have ISBNs.  Some from the 1970's include proper numbers, and by 1980's all have ISBN except a few oddball editions. 

Just because a book was originally copyrighted in 1909 doesn't mean you don't have a later reprint.  Checking the Library of Congress, I've found numerous reprints for some of these older books, about every 20 years or so (whether or not the actual print date is listed in the book).



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Date Posted: 3/13/2010 5:46 PM ET
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Has anyone else gotten similarly strange RCs?

LOL! You ain't seen nuthin' yet.

Date Posted: 3/13/2010 6:27 PM ET
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The use of the ISBN was phased in during the 70's, and the RC does seem odd if the listing the requester chose indicated an older printing date.

What I really want to know is...You've really got a book printed in 1909 on your shelf?!?  I LOVE old books, what's the title??